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For the second edition in a row, Action contre la Faim is participating in the Biennale Photoclimat from 14 September to 15 October 2023, with a written and photographic travelogue made by two artists living in Madagascar.
During this social and environmental photography biennale, the images and texts contained in this report, titled Overexposed: The Red Island and the Climate Challenges It Faces, will be exhibited on Place du Palais Royal in Paris.
The pair behind it set out to investigate in the south of the island, document the causes and consequences of climate imbalance, and record the solutions provided by NGOs and local populations. Madagascar is particularly affected by climate change, which combines with other issues to make its population especially vulnerable. This project by Rijasolo (photographer) and Emre Sari (journalist) bear witness to the day-to-day difficulties communities experience in the face of social and environmental emergencies.
Born in France, Rijasolo has been taking photographs since 2000. The year 2004 saw the start of his MIVERINA series, in which he sought to draw attention to the difficulties he encountered when trying to regain an intimate relationship with Madagascar. This work was exhibited all over the world. In November 2007, he co-founded the Riva Press agency. In 2010, he won Leica’s 35 mm Wide Angle Competition with his project Ilakaka, City of Dreams. Some 9 years later, in 2019, he was awarded the PARITANA contemporary art prize. He also won the World Press Photo Award in the ‘Africa, Long Term Project’ category for his documentary La Guerre des Zébus in 2022. Rijasolo lives and works in Antananarivo.
Emre is a 32-year-old freelance journalist who has been working in Madagascar for 5 years. He has covered elections, political life and economic issues for the local and international press, including Jeune Afrique. For two years, he has been providing in-depth reports from the intriguing shrublands of Madagascar, during which time he has collaborated with Géo and XXI. He was educated at HEC Paris and the Journalist Training Centre (CFJ, by its initials in French), before starting his career as a self-employed journalist in Paris. In parallel, he works on artistic projects and does copywriting on a freelance basis.
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