Marylise Vigneau
FRANCE
Raised in Paris in a conventional family, Marylise Vigneau developed an early taste for peeping through keyholes and climbing walls. She studied Comparative Literature at la Sorbonne and her thesis was about cities as characters in Russian and Central-European novels. Her education is essentially literary but photography became more and more her language during her life’s journey. She documents life mainly in Asia focusing on cities and on what time, development or isolation do to them. She likes to play with opposites; absence and presence, emptiness and fullness, isolation and multitude, fondness and irony, the very near and the far away. The inner and the strange.
Innocent Prowls Through Pakistan
“If you cannot bear these stories then the society is unbearable. Who am I to remove the clothes of this society, which itself is naked. I don’t even try to cover it, because it is not my job, that’s the job of dressmakers.” ― Saadat Hasan Manto This bittersweet series is an utterly subjective journey through Pakistan, a country that remains a riddle despite several extended stays since 2010 and the mix of exasperation and tenderness I feel for it. The construction of these diptychs occurred slowly over the years, as I began to be able to distinguish the layers of reality, walk my way through the veneer of things, identify plots, characters and overtones and to mingle them with the shadows of my own inner theatre. Images started to merge and make sense, new sense born out of apparent clashes or unexpected semblances. It became a play with reality, a kind of collage, an imaginary conversation. The lost smile of a politician rotting on a wall in Lahore reappears in Peshawar amid the remains of a butcher shop, the tentacles of an octopus in an amusement park of Quetta reach until the railway tracks of Peshawar where a sad child carries his chore of vegetables, an impish Humpty Dumpty teases a mannequin languishing in a showcase in Lahore, the plastic peeling faces of two infants face the promises of paradise, a man dances in a coal depot in Baluchistan while another, dressed as a woman, shines in the Lahori night. Time somehow stands still, space is saturated with gazes, memories and untold tales, walls stare and people walk by. These pictures have been taken between January 2010 and April 2017.

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.