Art / Culture

Waska Tatay
Thomas Rousset & Raphaël Verona

26th July 2014 / admin

French photographer Thomas Rousset & graphic designer Raphaël Verona set off on a long adventure to Bolivia to explore the foreign Altiplantic belief system of medicine men and mystical healers. The people they photographed in the pictures below are “merchants and producers of ‘magical’ ritual objects”, but because Rousset & Verona were considered unholy it was difficult to make contact. Rousset was able to recruit for these shoots through his familial ties, including his mother-in-law Doña Martha, who features heavily.

According to Rousset & Verona the Altiplantic system doesn’t translate to ‘witches & witchcraft’ as “or them the mortal world is porous… men approach deities, sometimes they are benevolent, sometimes evil, depending on the homage’s that they have been given.”

In a recent interview the pair described a ritual that they had partook in: “We had prepared a Mesa dulce, made of colored sugar miniatures of different objects, each of them having different meaning related to prosperity and health, and the dry fetus of a dead lama. Presented to the Pachamama as wishes for ourselves (health and prosperity throughout our trip to Bolivia), we have left them burning.” For an expanded virtual excerpt of their work, click here.


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