‘Traces’ explores the emptiness left in two small Senegalese coastal communities, Ndiebene and Pilote-Barre, by those who went missing during their sea journey to Spain in 2006. According to their inhabitants, from these two fishing villages near the Senegalese city of Saint Louis, around 40 people went missing during their trip in canoes to Spain. Despite the risks, over a two-year period, young people continued in their efforts to achieve their dream of reaching Europe, having witnessed the material wealth of those who succeeded and returned before them.

Scenes and objects that represent the few remaining traces left by the missing, are paired together with their portrait and presented as one image, in the form of a photo collage. In this way, the visual essay attempts to capture the feeling of irreplaceable absence left by those who disappeared.

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1.Mamadou Dieng (right) is seen in this picture with his wife...
http://josecendon.com/files/gimgs/th-48_2_Ndiawar-Dieye,-son-of-Ndeye-Diaw.jpg
1.Ndiawar Dieye. He was 20 years old when he went missing in...
http://josecendon.com/files/gimgs/th-48_3_Moustapha-Dieye-son-of-Saer-Dieye.jpg
1.Moustapha Dieye. He was 26 years old when he went missing in...
http://josecendon.com/files/gimgs/th-48_4_Mafoss-Dieye-son-of-Ndeye-Coumba-Fall.jpg
1.Mafoss Dieye. He was 21 years old when he went missing in 2006....
http://josecendon.com/files/gimgs/th-48_5_Yancoba-Niang-younger-brother-of-Rokhaya-Niang.jpg
1.Yancoba Niang (right) with a friend. He was 25 years old when...
http://josecendon.com/files/gimgs/th-48_6_Ousseynou-Wade-son-of-Insa-Wade.jpg
1.Ousseynou Wade (right) with a friend. He was 20 years old when...
http://josecendon.com/files/gimgs/th-48_7_Babacar-Diayme-son-of-Safietou-Ndiaye.jpg
1.Babacar Diayme. He was 20 years old when he went missing in...
http://josecendon.com/files/gimgs/th-48_8_Mamadou-Diaw-son-of-Faousseuk-Fall.jpg
1.Mamadou Diaw. He was 20 years old when he went missing in 2006....
http://josecendon.com/files/gimgs/th-48_9_Ablaye-Nar-Diagne-son-of-Fatou-Diagne.jpg
1.Ablaye Nar Diagne. He was 17 years old when he went missing...
http://josecendon.com/files/gimgs/th-48_10_Mamadou-Diagne-son-of-Khady-Dieye.jpg
1.Mamadou Diagne. He was 40 years old when he went missing in...