Senegalese-Wrestling

Senegalese Wrestling

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Senegalese Wrestlers is an award winning photography series by photographer Denis Rouvre. This series was part of the Sports Features Stories category of World Press Photo 2010. The theme around the photos – “Man’s relations with strength, power and fragility.

Senegalese Wrestling has a long tradition in parts of Senegal and The Gambia. Wrestling is so popular in these parts of Africa that it may be considered as a national sport. Each wrestler, M’burr partakes in this sport to prove their manliness, build pride for their villages and demonstrate their discipline.

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9 thoughts on “Senegalese Wrestling”

  1. These pictures are beautiful. I completely forgot that Senegal had such a great sport. I remember idolizing these fighters as a child watching them on TV.
    Once again a brilliant example of an African narrative that is compelling and well presented.

    1. @serge That is awesome that you are reconnected to some childhood memories. The beauty of digital arts in Africa is the creative ways Africa’s story is being retold. That is what this site is all about. Glad you enjoy it.

    1. The photos are part of the world press photo competition. The annual Word Press Photo Exhibition will open in Amsteram in April and then will be seen in over 100 cities in 45 countries till March next year. You can take a look at the calender here.

  2. i work around gender issues most of the time, obsessed by adam and eve; I have a series of photography in colour of women that could match your series, i’d love to show u. I am an artist living and working in dakar senegal.

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