Cécile Smetana Baudier

‘Diaspora’ is a work in progress exploring the African Diaspora, with a visual focus on childhood.

Following on from the success of Baudier’s previous project, which investigated the hidden Afuro communities of southern Mexico, this next chapter focuses on the present diaspora in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Baudier photographs what childhood looks like in a country that has spent decades in the grip of economic, violent, and political unrest, and what happens to the African identity in a country in which many of its youth dream of escaping abroad.

Cécile Smetana Baudier

Cécile Smetana Baudier is a French/Danish documentary photographer currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Smetana received her BA in 2016 at The Danish School of Media and Journalism in Denmark.

Apart from long term projects, Smetana does commissioned portraits, reportage features and editorials.Baudier is currently based in Copenhagen. Having studied at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, as well as Copenhagen’s Fatamorgana school of photography, she later spent 18 months as a photographer at the Danish national newspaper Jyllands-Posten. Despite regularly photographing overseas, Baudier’s formal education in Denmark continues to inform her practice.