Burkina Faso changed my life. I had been a photographer for more than 25 years before my first trip to this small, land-locked West African country. I was engaged in several other long-term projects when the opportunity arose to spend a month in this rural African nation. I went with much trepidation and few expectations. That first visit, in February 2007, was physically and emotionally exhausting. Living in a poor, developing country with little infrastructure was a challenge unlike any other I had faced. My inability to speak French, the official language, added a layer of frustration to my experience. But a week in the remote village of Bereba opened my eyes to a whole new world of photographic possibilities and projects. The people were warm and welcoming. The landscape was stark but compelling. The culture was a complex mixture of tradition and modernity. Despite the logistical problems and the personal discomfort, I was determined to return to the village and explore it in more depth.
Title: Burkina Faso: Night and Day
Artist: David Pace
Contributors: Paula Tognarelli, curator statement; Kate Levy, interview with David Pace
Publisher: Griffin Museum
Date of publication: 2012
Number of pages: 70