‘Amidst ongoing debates over immigration and refugees, I found myself returning repeatedly to Jason Florio’s portfolio. Through thoughtful compositional choices, a careful selection… ‘read more on the Lensculture Exposure Awards – Winners & Finalistspage
A short video portrait shot in The Gambia, of Togolese painter Amigoe Dieudonné, who has traveled for over thirteen years around West Africa in his wheelchair, stopping along the way to create extensive bodies of work, which he exhibits and sells to be able to continue his odyssey.
We met Amigo, last year, whilst living in The Gambia, West Africa, at the opening night of our Photos Tell Stories – ‘The Gambia by Gambians‘ – exhibition. He asked us if we would film a short bio, to enable him to approach potential clients and galleries.
A few months ago, true to his independent and ever-inquisitive nature of the past thirteen years, Amigoe decided to make the arduous overland journey to Bamako, Mali, to see if he could expand his artistic career. He recently contacted us to give us some great news – thanks to the Senegalese Chamber of Commerce he, and a select number of other artists, have been given the opportunity to travel to Germany to exhibit their work. Amigoe is currently back in his homeland of Togo, waiting for his new passport.
We wish him all success in his continuing odyssey. Watch this space, as we’ll be keeping a close eye on his progress.
Another taster of some of the remarkable work by MOAS‘ Phoenix crew (and various documentarians – through video and photography – including Jason Florio) – rescuing people in distress, from the Mediterranean Sea, as they endeavour to make the treacherous crossing, from Libya to Italy, on seriously overloaded fishing boats and dinghy’s,
Three migrant women intoxicated by fuel fumes are taken onto the merchant vessel Orient Green by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) search and rescue team.
They were aboard a rubber dinghy carrying 104 migrants (predominantly Gambians, from West Africa) who were later also all transferred onto the Orient Green by MOAS after being given life jackets and water.
They were not transferred onto the Phoenix because the vessel already had 369 people on board and was therefore already overloaded.
MOAS founder Christopher Catrambone was the lead rescuer on this mission.