In the summer of 2011, I volunteered with an organization in the U.S that sends high-school kids to Senegal to do community work, in the hopes of making a difference and experiencing something out of the norm. I planned on doing a lot of personal work while on location. When I wasn’t needed, I photographed people in the village of Dindefelo (south of Senegal) where we were volunteering for three weeks. After “work” was over, I headed to Dakar to do more “strobist” style, street photography and worked on different personal projects. It is sometimes hard to convince people that your are taking these pictures because of your love for people and places with, what I define as, true character. I’m very glad I didn’t give up and I want to thank those who agreed to let me photograph them. I made sure people in Dindefelo received copies of their portraits and I hope they enjoy looking at them. I also made a few friends in Dakar that I’m still in touch with.”
Marta Tveit is furious about the seeming popularity of the term “Afropolitanism” in African discourses.
“Fronting a constructed group identity such as the ‘Afropolitan’ backs-up a reductive narrative of Africa and the African, which in turn continues to be an important part of neocolonial power structures. As an individual who happens to have one parent from the African continent I am offended by being put in a group and perceived to have certain interests and affiliations because of the nationality of one of my parents.”