Pamela Tulizo wins the Dior Photography and Visual Arts Award for Young Talent
Congolese artist, Pamela Tulizo, is a documentary photographer who is based in Johannesburg and is a Market Photo Workshop Alumnus. Her journey started when she started working as a journalist at a television station, shortly after that she decided to pursue photography.
The theme for the 2020 Dior Photograph and Visual Arts was ‘Face to face’. In her series ‘Double Identitè’, she composed 13 self-portraits which focused on issues of female identity.
In her interview with Viviane Sassen, she mentioned how the theme resonated with her and immediately started working on it. Tulizo said that through her work, she wanted to change the perception on how Congo is viewed by the press as it is considered the ‘rape capital’.
“It made me feel an urge to revolt because as a Congolese woman and a woman from Kivu, I know there is a different story that exists but it is ignored by the international press,” she said.
She demonstrated how these women are victims of the media and are fighting for their future.
Tulizo explained how she made a transition from focusing on documentary pictures to staging her images.
“When I looked at my photos, it felt like something was lacking as if I couldn’t quite read the whole story on the photo. Nowadays I use staging and I work with models, materials and use makeup and fashion to illustrate my stories,” Tulizo said.
The show was meant to take place in Arles at the Parc des Ateliers, but due to the Covid-19 restrictions the participants of the competition showcased their work in digital version. Tulizo will receive a €10,000 grant from the house of Dior as well as a creative commission.