Fabiola Cedillo
ECUADOR
Fabiola Cedillo Crespo is an Ecuadorian photographer. “I work with human beings and their condition. I am interested in their emotions and actions, as well as the context in which they develop. I like to walk around with the camera and find images, in everyday life, that allow me to get to know new forms of communications, play with the closest environment and the subject, without defining the limits between fiction and reality.” She was the winner of “New Generation Prize” de PHM 2017 WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS grant and in 2017 created AULA, the first analogue laboratory and photography school in Cuenca -Ecuador. She has made her first self-publication, the book, “Los mundos de TITA” in 2016. She won the 2015 “Fondos Concursables” in Plastic Arts at the Ministry of Culture and Heritage of Ecuador. She was also a finalist for the 2013 PRIX LE BAL of Talents jeunes creation photographique in France. Her work was selected for the photography festival, Encontros da Imagen in Braga. In 2013 she was selected for the PA-TA-TA 2013 Festival in Granada and to participate in a residency at the Festival de Photographie de Deauville and the exhibition of work at La jourèe at “PLANCHE(s) CONTACT” in France.
The Worlds of TITA
Tita, my older sister is the protagonist of this project. Tita appears in some of the photographs, she is also the author of the drawings that are part of this project. Every picture opens a door where we can enter and exit at different places; they are a passage through different emotional and sensory states. I would like to invite you to read the following text, written by my father about “Los mundos de TITA”. “Tita is my first daughter. She is now 30 years old. A few days after her birth, she exhibited uncommon symptoms: she clenched her fists, bowed her head, and then her body lost stiffness. These symptoms repeated several times a day, so we took her to a doctor. A general physician then sent us to a neurologist, and, from there, we overtook a long journey, where professionals from different cities diagnosed her illness as epileptic seizure spasms. As parents, we lived these days in a state of shock, unable to digest a reality that we did not understand and that overwhelmed us. Etiology is unimportant now. Electroencephalograms and multiple tests concluded that Tita suffered from the West syndrome, a serious and rare brain disorder that generates short, axial muscle contractions; these produce psychomotor retardation with pervasive development disorder. Several neurologists agreed this condition later degenerated into the so-called Lennox Gastout syndrome; it meant childhood epileptic encephalopathy with mental damage and severe therapeutic resistance. Tita would need rigorous full time attention and much medication for the rest of her life. Tita’s condition made us abandon many of our life projects. However, two years later we decided to have Fabiola. By the time she had turned five, she had already become the older sister. Mentally Tita has stayed at the same age; she will always be a child. Since then, our communication is based on hugs and deep gazes. Her fragility and hyperactivity drive us forward into taking care of her without rest.”

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.