Pamela Tulizo landed in photography by chance, now she uses the lens of the camera to make visible a subject that is influenced by her own identity: women. She sees this discipline as a tool for dialogue with the community and the environment. In addition, she tries to tell the stories of women in different contexts and communities to show the diversity with which they are seen and treated according to the community.
Born in Goma (Democratic Republic of Congo), she now lives in Johannesburg (South Africa), although she travels a lot to Brussels. She trained in international journalism and radio writing at Radio France International. She worked as a journalist in his home town until 2015 when she decided to take up photography, as she perceived the camera as a very powerful tool for storytelling. Despite having to deal with her family’s thoughts – photography is a profession for men – Tulizo pursued her instinct and continued to enhance that facet.To the point of becoming the winner of the Dior Photography and Visual Arts Awards for Young Talents 2020. The organisation proposed “face to face” as a starting point for participants to create their projects. Pamela Tulizo chose to title the series Double Identity, made up of 13 portraits that reflect how African women find themselves in the midst of the contradiction between their identity and the role assigned by globalised society. At the same time, she denounces the political, economic and ecological instability in this Congolese province.
The women of this city have been reduced by the media to mere victims. The international press has branded this place as the “city of rape”, which is why the photographer criticizes the fact that women are victims of the labels imposed by the press and claims that they are all strong as well as fighters.
She was inspired by the cinema and used make-up to enhance expression, collage technique and styling to convey the message. She based herself on real stories and leaned towards staging in order to illustrate the story in real environments. Tulizo received 10,000 euros and the guarantee of a creative project with the house of Dior.
The jury for the Dior Young Talent Award was chaired by the Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen and included Helena Christensen; the artist Rachel Rose; Maja Hoffmann, founder and initiator of Luma Arles; Emma Lavigne, director of the Palais de Tokyo; Simon Baker, director of the Maison Européene de la Photographie in Paris; and Jérôme Pulis, director of international communications for Christian Dior Parfums.
“It shows a powerful representation, a remarkable sharpness and a genuine evocative force that captivated the entire jury.” Dior said in a statement. Paloma Tulizo managed to convey that feeling of attachment to Goma and the community that makes up the town. It is a city that goes beyond the desperation that is always shown, as she stated in an-interview for True Africa: “Because in Goma and in the Congo there are things that happen that have nothing to do with poverty. You just have to decide to pay attention to those things.”