State props, Kinshasa, November 2015. © Stéphanie Perazzone
This was taken in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo in November 2015. Deconstructing notions of state failure in African societies, I probe the everyday relationships between frontline civil servants and ordinary residents. This police officer heads the Djalo Neighborhood's Sous-Commissariat in Kinshasa. Although I took the picture, he chose the place, props and pose in a way that stages his own role and function within the state apparatus and towards local citizens.