La carrière de granit

Burkina Faso

Located in the western district of Ouagadougou, a granite quarry gathers precarious workers. Men, women, children crush here tons of granite in difficult and dangerous conditions. Indeed, more than 15 hours a day, they are exposed at risk of injury from projectiles during the crushing granite, from burned tires smoke and particularly harmful dust that constantly hangs over this human anthill. Work and time here does not have the same value than elsewhere. Risking one’s life to slave labor pays only 1000 CFA francs a day. Nothing here allows us to envisage a future. The pace of life merges with the pace of the hammer. The reality depicted, although properly african, comes as a source of consideration and inspiration.


Julien MAUVE