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Last year, Choumali became the first African artist to win the Prix Pictet, one of the world’s most highly coveted photography awards.

She was awarded 100,000 Swiss francs for converging photography and sustainability through her series “ Ça va aller ” (“It will be okay”) (2016–19).

These works are made up of vivid embroidery atop street photography, shot after terrorist attacks in Côte d’Ivoire’s Grand Bassam in 2016.

A particular focus was the violence their nation dealt with due to civil unrest from 2002 to 2007 and again from 2011 to 2012.

Choumali recalls the melancholy that made way for the series.

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