Dakar-based photographer Fabrice Monteiro, majestic alien creatures wear hoop skirts and headdresses made from soda cans, garbage bags, fishing nets, tortoise shells, and the odd baby doll. Monteiro collaborated with fashion designer Doulsy and the Ecofund Organization to create otherworldly costumes from trash they found around the country. Posing in 10 environmentally imperiled sites throughout the country, the characters pictured here were inspired by Gaia, the ancient Greek personification of Mother Earth. Fed up with trying to maintain nature’s cycles in the face of overconsumption and pollution, Gaia sends djinns, supernatural genies, to give humans a message “of warning and empowerment,” as Monteiro puts it in a statement.


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