J Audema was working at the end of the 19th century as a colonial administrator in the French Congo, or The Republic of Congo as we now know it. His photographs document exotic representations of Africa. We see plants, tribes, villages, portraits and houses. Audema’s photographs were a fabricated view, he worked with his subjects to create a posed image. Sold as postcards, it could be said that they would not been have so successful to the public if they were a true representation of reality.
By rephotographing the images using a macro lens, we are left with left with banal fragments of colonial representations of The Republic of Congo.