Rijasolo
MADAGASCAR
Born in France, Rijasolo returned in 2004 to Madagascar, the country of his roots, after a 20-year absence. With the help of a local council in Brittany, he set up photography workshops for young people in the town of Antsiranana. At the same time, he started a wandering work called MIVERINA, in which he strove to show the difficulty of regaining an intimate relationship with Madagascar. His 2005 selection for Rencontres de la Photographie Africaine in Bamako giving him the confidence he needed to work as a full-time photographer, he embarked on a photojournalism course in Paris (EMI-CFD) then worked as a reporter-photographer for the Wostok Press agency during the 2007 French presidential campaign, and in November 2007, set up RIVA PRESS in association with four photojournalists concerned with maintaining an independent view. Since then, he has collaborated with French newspapers and magazines such as Libération, Le Monde, VSD, and Jeune Afrique where he is the correspondent for the Indian Ocean area. In 2010, he won the 1st prize of Leica 35 mm wide angle contest. Since 2011, Rijasolo has lived fulltime in Madagascar where he focuses on reportage and has worked as a stringer for AFP since 2012. In 2013, he published his first book of photography Madagascar, nocturnes (no comment® editions) about nightlife in Madagascar
Malagasy
« MALAGASY » collects photographs from Madagascar, my country of origin where I live. Madagascar, large island in the Indian Ocean, fifth largest island on the planet, is a paradox for economists and sociologists. The country is rich in every way, under and on his floor. Its lands are fertile, its biodiversity is unique in the world, its maritime space is immense. Apart from a few political crises that have arisen since Madagascar regained its independence in 1960, it has never experienced civil war or an uncontrollable epidemic that could have severely destabilized the country. And yet Madagascar cannot get rid of its ranking as the 5th poorest country in the world. The vast majority of Malagasy live with less than one euro a day. It is difficult to prejudge the causes of this situation. Foreign multi-nationals ? Incompetence of the leaders? Corruption? Religious invasion? Since 2004 I photograph the Malagasy. Who are they? What does it mean to be Malagasy in the 21st century? How do Malagasy people currently fit into this world? I think we Malagasy are both beautiful and sad. Resilient and fallible. Courageous and timorous. MALAGASY offers a social portrait, violent but also poetic and intimate of the people of Madagascar. I choose these photographs, not because they might correspond of a country like this one: the end of the world, the exoticism, the sun, the joy of living of the inhabitants in spite of a scandalous poverty, but because they seem to me to approach a state of mind, my state of mind at this point where I think I understand what it means to be Malagasy. Madagascar seems fascinating but incomprehensible. As the writer Johary Ravaloson said « In Madagascar, reality often goes beyond fiction ».

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.