Rebecca Fertinel: Ubuntu (I Am because We Are)
Rebecca Fertinel, Hans Theys
In august of 2015 photographer Rebecca Fertinel was invited to a wedding by her friend Tracy Tansia. Here, she was introduced to the warm, unabashed life-approach of the Congolese community in Belgium and the Bantu concept ‘Ubuntu’: that you really only become human when you are connected to everything and everyone. In Fertinel’s photographic documentary, the concept of Ubuntu seems to intertwine with the desire to belong to a group and maintain a group identity in a changing environment. Focused on the joy and the ritual and not on a need for a perfect venue. This project wants to place the viewer inside an environment that most have experienced at one time or another for a wedding, party or a wake.