Annobon is a distant isle four miles off the coast of Gabon, discovered by the Portuguese on New Year’s Day in 1471. Its name thus comes from anno bom, or “happy new year”. During my stay among the Annobonese, I was simultaneously surprised, seduced, and reassured. They staunchly defend their isolation and insularity. They know how to avoid becoming dependent on others, how to live in harmony with the elements. I can’t predict the future of Annobon, but I perceived what looked to me like the traditions and equilibrium required for a sustainable world.
Musée National du Mali
Arturo Bibang (Equatorial Guinea)
À Annobon, 2011