The Skin of Africa
Ana Palacios Foto

The Skin of Africa documents the daily life of people affected by skin injuries and diseases in hospitals in Benin. Some of these injuries, such as first-degree burns, or diseases such as Buruli ulcers, require hospital treatment lasting on average for thirty days. It may be necessary for patients to remain in hospital for up to a year until they are completely cured and able to resume their life in society.

These highly particular circumstances make the hospital a microcosm of those suffering from skin diseases, a mosaic in which space is shared by hundreds of patients, relatives and doctors living together in harmonious coexistence.