LorenzÖ
FRANCE
Lorenzö lives and works in Finland. His work is based on encountering the other: he tries to throw visual and textual bridges between different cultures, worldviews, beliefs, and social systems. The ultimate aim of his work is mutual understanding, acceptance, respect and promotion of diversity. Because mixing is the color of the Future.
Without Anything but This
“Without Anything, But This” is a photographic documentary project that aims to challenge the lack of empathy towards asylum seekers. The pictures have been taken in Finland, but the issue they address is universal. This project is my very personal answer to the recent raise of racism and intolerance that, alas, took the Western world by storm. In 2016 and 2017, I went to asylum seekers reception centers all around Finland, simply asking the residents: “what have you brought here from your country?” I would then take a picture, and listen to the story behind. In order to not disturb the everyday life of the centers, the photography/interview sessions would happen in a dedicated, closed room where I had set up a little photographic studio. Each participant would come in, show me what they brought and tell her/his story assisted by a translator. Photos and stories are meant to be exhibited side by side. I decided not to show faces in this project in order to try to remove any bias or prejudice from the viewer’s perception. Purposely, the stories bear no geographical mention: because there is no other visual context than the objects themselves, viewers have to transfer the photos and the stories into their own cultural universe using their own personal visual references, eventually realizing by analogy that the people behind the images and the texts were living a normal life before having to flee their country and become refugees.

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.