Joana Choumali's stunning photo series "The Last Generation" captures the social practice of scarification in Africa – the act of scarring one's face as a cultural tradition.
Scarification is a permanent body decoration with ancient origins; it's considered a ritual of passage to adulthood and a statement of belonging.
Many of the incisions are made with rudimentary cutting tools such as sharp pieces of stone, glass, and knives.
While careful attention is paid to the healing process, leaving the leftover wounds to form distinct patterns on the skin.
Although in recent years, scarification has faded from culture due to pressures from religious and state authorities, urban practices, and the introduction of clothing in tribes.
Which is what inspired photographer Joana Choumali to capture this fading aspect of African culture before it disappears completely.
Hence her decision to title her work "The Last Generation."
Joana Choumali is an Ivorian freelance photographer based in Abidjan. To view more of her work, check out her website at www.joanachoumali.com.
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