Voodoo Medicine # 4

Akodessewa fetish market, Lomé, Togo, is said to be Africa’s biggest voodoo market. The objects both fascinated and disturbed me; piles of dried chameleons, lions skulls, gorillas feet, hippos teeth, and dog heads painted to look like leopards. I made still-lives; grisly epitaphs for Africa’s indigenous fauna. The dog heads precariously balancing on fetish skulls anticipates a future in which road-kill dogs, cats, sheep and desiccated chickens will be all that can be on offer because the rest were all consumed or deprived of their natural habitat.

Photographed for COLORS Magazine.