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In late 2013, photographer Stephan Wurth embarked on a whirlwindroad trip, winding his way across Burundi, a small landlocked nation in the heart of East Africa. Snapping images on a hidden iPhone during his journey, Wurth portrays everyday life in the impoverished country, from the bustling open-air markets of its capital, Bujumbura, to the plantations of sweet banana and coffee deep in the country's foothills. The photographs highlight the integral role the bicycle--or ikinga--plays in Burundi's culture. With a candid eye that recalls Walker Evans' surreptitious subway shots of New York in the 1930s, Wurth's photographs reveal a lively, resourceful and entrenched bicycle culture that is vital not only to Burundi's economy, but also to the daily survival of its countrymen. At times playful and intimate, Ikinga is a bold meditation upon the power of creativity and improvisation during times of great difficulty.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 72 pages
  • 247 x 248 x 14mm | 640g
  • Bologna, Italy
  • English
  • 8862084447
  • 9788862084444
  • 1,994,095

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Wurth's pictures don't examine the political strife in the country, but rather the movement of day-to-day life. A sense of liberation and joy was apparent in the ikinga culture he encountered, and it's plainly evident in these images.--Rebecca Bengal "Vogue.com "show more