Francois Beaurain


Mister Bossman

Liberia, 2013


Although Liberia has never been colonized, Liberians spontaneously call white people "bossman", consciously or unconsciously placing themselves in a position of inferiority.

By pretending being a banana seller, a barber or a tailor, this “bossman” gets out of the place which is traditionally attributed and sets himself on an equal footing with the people frequenting this market. With his suit and tie, typical attributes of the Western dominant male, unsuitable for the climate and the place, the artist is, by the way, making fun of expatriates living in golden cages and disconnected from ground realities.

In fact, not much has changed since decolonization, expatriates have replaced the colonists and Africans are still down a social ladder now globalized. By highlighting the stereotypes of the relations between Africa and the West, the artists are finally simply inviting to redraw them.

Pictures with the help of Myriam Renaud.

This phot project has been exhbitied in 2017 in Luanda for the group show "EU im Angola" curated by Iam Keyezua.