Alberto Venzago (b. 1950) grew up in a strict Catholic environment. From this
background, he developed a fascination with rituals, oracles, and magic. While
crossing Africa on his Vespa in 1988, he found himself stranded outside a
Voodoo monastery in Ouidah. Over the next twelve years, he would return there
often, staying for months at a time to shoot his first feature film, Mounted by the
Gods. The spirit beings and ceremonies of the Voodoo religion, and especially
the search for and enthronement of a supreme priest, reveal a complex, ageold
community of faith. On his last trip to Ouidah, Venzago took photos with a
Hasselblad medium-format camera (6 × 6 cm). This image shows twin brothers
in festive dress outside the most sacred “Temple of the Python” just before a
procession. Twins are considered lucky charms in the Voodoo religion, transferring
their magical powers to one another. Alberto Venzago is still today closely
associated with the monastic community in Ouidah.
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