Anisa Xhomaqi
ALBANIA
Born in Albania in 1993, Anisa Xhomaqi grew up in Thessaloniki where she first started using photography as a medium. She studied Photography and Audiovisual Arts in Athens (2011-2016) and completed one year of exchange studies in Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, Italy (2013-14). She has experience working for local magazines as a portrait photographer. She has participated in exhibitions such as: Biennale of Mediterranean young artists (Thessaloniki 2011), Kythera Photo Encounters (2013 and 2016), Home Festival Treviso, Athens Photo Festival – Young Greek Photographers (2014). Xhomaqi is currently working as a freelance photographer in Amsterdam.
The Room
The student dormitories of Zografou, Athens have over 800 rooms, all with the same dimensions. Every room was designed to look the same for each student, but as the decades passed and no one took the initiative of renovating the buildings, students took over and, with decorations that reflected their different personalities, made their own statement on the walls. Some of the students living there come from rural areas of Greece; most of them are (like me) children of immigrants; and there are a number of them who are Greek-Ethiopians who attended the Greek School of Addis Ababa before coming to Athens for their further studies.

The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.