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Telling Unheard Stories: Alisa Martynova

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Alisa Martynova is the winner of the Aesthetica Editorial Award, selected from Belfast Photo Festival's 2024 Open
Call
. The Florence-based photographer works with migrants living in Italy to tell their stories via hyperreal pictures.
 
 
 
In 2020, more than 11 million migrants from African countries – such as Nigeria, The Gambia, Rwanda, Congo and Senegal – were estimated to be living in nations across Europe, according to the IOM’s 2024 World Migration Report. However, statistics do not tell us enough about all of these people. Each unit represents someone with a life story that is the completely unique nexus point of their personal experiences, perspectives and dreams.
 
 
Nowhere Near shines a light on the stories of Africans living in Italy. Alisa Martynova’s photography resists enforcing harmful stereotypes by showing that every individual has a different and important tale to tell. She says: “In the choral testimony of the voices I collected, the celestial constellation is one of young Africans from different countries, of different genders and with different traits, a testament to the individuality and diversity that they each embody.”
 
 
One such person is Mahamadou. Martynova introduces us to him as he stands framed by trees in a verdant forest setting, looking out at us from the centre. The accompanying description tells us that he is of Senegalese-Gambian descent and fled to Florence, Italy, after taking part in a university demonstration. Here, the lens becomes a way to tell stories without words.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. All images from Alisa Martynova, Nowhere Near, (2023).
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Editorial Award-Winner I Belfast Photo Festival | - Alisa Martynova is the winner of the Aesthetica Editorial Award, selected from Belfast Photo Festival's 2024 Open Call. The Florence-based photographer works with migrants living in Italy to tell their stories via hyperreal pictures. In 2020, more than 11 million migrants from African countries – such as Nigeria, The Gambia, Rwanda, Congo and Senegal – were estimated to be living in nations across Europe, according to the IOM’s 2024 World Migration Report. However, statistics do not tell us enough about all of these people. Each unit represents someone with a life story that is the completely unique nexus point of their personal experiences, perspectives and dreams. Nowhere Near shines a light on the stories of Africans living in Italy. Alisa Martynova’s photography resists enforcing harmful stereotypes by showing that every individual has a different and important tale to tell. She says: “In the choral testimony of the voices I collected, the celestial constellation is one of young Africans from different countries, of different genders and with different traits, a testament to the individuality and diversity that they each embody.” One such person is Mahamadou. Martynova introduces us to him as he stands framed by trees in a verdant forest setting, looking out at us from the centre. The accompanying description tells us that he is of Senegalese-Gambian descent and fled to Florence, Italy, after taking part in a university demonstration. Here, the lens becomes a way to tell stories without words. Read the full article » Belfast Photo Festival runs 6-30 June. See the programme » 1. All images from Alisa Martynova, Nowhere Near, (2023). - Change email address / Leave mailing list
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