Erin Lee
NEW ZEALAND
Erin was born in New Zealand and after studying photography there, spent a decade working abroad. Initiating her career between Melbourne and New York City, Erin eventually moved to Mexico City where she was based for 5 years as an editorial and documentary photographer. Throughout her career she has been involved in various aspects of photographic education programs, from teaching in photography schools, to working with various non-profit projects providing free photography workshops in Mexico. Her work applies environmental portraiture with landscapes and habitats to examine social issues in a way which challenges the traditional format of documentary photography. Her projects become ‘portraits’ which break stereotypes surrounding the people and places she is documenting. Erin’s freelance work led her to becoming a frequent contributor to Vice Magazine and she has been published by, among others, Financial Times, CNN, and The Guardian. Her recently self-published book ‘Veneration’ documents the rise in alternative religions in Mexico, and her project ‘Este Lado’, a collaboration with residents of various Mexican cities on the US/Mexico border was a selection for the Tokyo International Photography Festival. She has exhibited in Australia, New York, Portugal, Colombia, Venezuela, and Mexico.
Idly at War
For 43 years thousands of Sahrawis have been living in refugee camps in the Algerian desert after fleeing invasion and annexation from Morocco, who continues to occupy their territory. This work in progress investigates the increasing frustration amongst the second generation of Sahrawi’s who grew up in the camps with no direct observation of the war, desperate to take control of their own lives. The war idles on even though the armed conflict between the Moroccan government and the Sahrawis came to a halt in 1991, when a UN brokered ceasefire brought the promise of a referendum for potential Sahrawi independence. This was stalled over voter rights and never delivered. The Sahrawis survive on humanitarian aid in an arid, unknown land while they wait for a diplomatic resolution to their conflict. One that receives less attention every year.

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.