Preserving African Culture: Yannis Davy Guibinga’s Latest Series
For his latest portrait series, “Things I Won’t Forget,” 22-year-old photographer Yannis Davy Guibinga of Gabon, Africa, wanted to elaborate on a story he’s been telling about the diversity of cultures and identities in Africa. For this project specifically, his goal was to communicate the importance of cultural preservation in what he says are increasingly westernized African communities.
“Colonization has affected the cultural norms in many countries in Africa, from language to religion,” he says. “Still, Africans have maintained ties to their history and cultural heritage.”
Guibinga, a self-taught photographer now based in Montreal, Canada, will be starting a photography program at Marsan College in September. He captured the portraits of Cameroonian Tania Fines in his own apartment and says he created the shoot mostly by himself, but sought help from fellow photographer Zarita Zevallos with the wardrobe and setup—one of the most important components of the shoot. The background and material that the subject is wrapped in is, he says, “what abstractly represents her culture, heritage and history.”