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Andrea Frazzetta November 12, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in DR Congo.

Christmas Celebration, Congo

Andrea Frazzetta (b.1977, Italy) studied art and architecture in Milan but later decided to become a photographer. He works for Italian magazines such as D of La Repubblica, L’Espresso, Vanity Fair, Internazionale, National Geografic and has been published in New York Times, El Pais Semanal, The Guardian Weekend, Courier Japon. He has exhibited at: The International Photographic Festival of Arles, the Noorderlicht International Photofestival, and Visa Pour l’image. He is currently working on a long term project about the Mediterranean area.  In 2009 he received the Yann Geffroy Award for his work “Obama Village”

About the Photograph:

“This photograph is from my “God too will be present” reportage, dedicated to religiousness faith in Congo. I shot this picture during a theatrical representation staged for Christmas by a group of street children, inside a missionary shed. I remember it as a moment of great intensity and lightness at the same time. God is black. And black was his son. This is the belief of the Kinbaguistas, followers of Simon Kimbangu, African preacher and new messiah who died as a martyr in a Belgian prison during the 1960’s. The Kimbaguistas are the most important religious sect in Congo, a small superpower equipped with a radio and television station. But that is only a part of the complex spiritual reality of Congo that includes 1300 chapels, five thousand priests and thirty million believers spread out at the four corners of a country as large as Western Europe. These are the impressive numbers that characterize the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Catholic community.”