Patrick Willocq (Strasbourg, 1969) is a self-taught photographer, and since twenty-five years his passion for travel, discovery, and learning about different cultures, have been closely intertwined with his desire to document the realities that he witnesses. Of his 46 years old, he has lived 32 years outside France, out of which 7 years in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2012, during a trip in the African Country, he decide to devote himself entirely to photography, after working for multinationals in Asia Pacific for over 20 years. Through his work he aims to give us a picture of Congo and Africa in general, different from those of war on which the media tend to focus.
The series On the road from Bikoro to Bokonda, DR Congo awarded Best Photo Story Grant 2012 by AFD (Agence Française de Développement) and exhibited at: Paris Photo 2012, Festival Circulation(s) 2013, International Photography Festival 2013 di Belo Horizonte (Brasile), Lagos Photo 2013. Other photographic works include Kinshasa my love which was exhibited at the Angkor Photo Festival in Cambogia in 2012, The 4 Seasons in Shangai at the European Festival of Nude Photography in Arles in 2013, Walé O Konga I at the Portrait(s) in Vichy in 2013 and got a nominee at the PX3 (Prix de la Photographie Paris).
I am Walé Respect Me was exhibited in 2014 in important international occasions, such as Les Rencontres d’Arles (France), Flash Forward Boston (USA), Lagos Photo (Nigeria). The Superwalés is Patrick Willocq’s last work in Congo, produced in 2015.