The Sozzani Foundation presents Giovanni Hänninen's People of Tamba photographic project and the Senegal / Sicily video documentary short series created by Alberto Amoretti and Giovanni Hänninen, for the first time in Milan.
The two projects were born with the common goal of addressing the different aspects of illegal migration in African and Western societies. Giovanni Hänninen with People of Tamba creates a typological catalog of the society of Tambacounda, the innermost and rural region of Senegal, the place of origin of most of the migrants who leave the country for Europe. The project, which began in 2017 and consists of 200 images , sees in Milan a selection of large-format photographs (3 x 2 meters). Hänninen's goal restores dignity to migrants - often considered only as numbers and flows - with a collective portrait of the society they come from. The inspiration for this project comes from the work of the German photographer August Sander (People of the Twentieth Century) who in the 1920s made a series of portraits of ordinary people for a catalog of roles in German society shortly before the rise of Nazism. Senegal / Sicily is a short video-documentary series on the theme of migration between Senegal and Sicily, born from the collaboration of Alberto Amoretti and Giovanni Hänninen with The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and the NGO Le Korsa. The purpose with which it was made is twofold: to create awareness in Europe and America about the thoughts, dreams and experiences of migrants and their families who remained in Senegal and, at the same time, to bring to the young people of the Tambacounda region an honest account of the risks of travel and of what happens in Europe to the people who have managed to arrive. The Senegal / Sicily shorts also found their first audience with itinerant projections among the schools and villages of Tambacounda.Massamba, by the staff of the NGO Le Korsa, periodically reaches the most remote areas of the region, bringing with him a projector to set up cinemas impromptu and bring testimonials and information on what migration is. Homecomings , the fourth episode of the series, will be previewed at the Sozzani Foundation. A choral story of men who, after a migrant experience, have decided or have been forced to return home. Among them Moustapha, a fisherman from a village near Dakar who, after having faced the ocean to reach the Canary Islands, faced an even harder test, in some ways: overcoming the shame of returning home without any successful and poorer than before. The portraits of People of Tamba were exhibited in the streets with tremetri perdue prints, glued on the walls of the Medina of Dakar (Dak'Art 2018), of the Medina of Marrakech (1-54, Contemporary African Art Fair, 2019) and on the occasion of the Nuit Blanche 2018 in Paris. Experiences of public art in which the locals could freely enjoy the portraits which, thanks to the format, were life-size. In addition to the photographs on display on the terrace of the Sozzani Foundation, eleven prints will be posted on the walls of the city of Milan, to continue the experience of public art lived in Dakar, Paris and Marrakech. The P eople of Tamba and Senegal / Sicily projects are realized with the support of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and Le Korsa.