Alessia Rollo © 2022
“How are you” is a four hands project between me and Kenaw developed during Novembre and Decembre 2020. Pandemia was spriding around and additionally a civil war started in Tigray, close to Kenaw place.
We decided to mould a dialogue between us into an audiovisual project to find a way to give an answer to a question very relevant at that moment: How are you
As well as photographer i was asking myself how was possible to inform and working on news been home.
We decided to mix the diary of Kenaw in his house with images i was recording close to my city.
The towers that appear in the video are real, historical places used as defence and communication system in the XIV century in Apulia. I have staged the scenes to stress the impossibility to communicate and inform due the internet lockdown in Tigray. I felt myself as a relay.
The texts are Kenaw diary’s written in between November and December 2020. We did not modify anything but in the edit we didn’t follow a strict chronological order but an emotional one.
We made this video together to wonder if is possible to erase the difference between subject and object in photojournalism: both of us are either one and the other.
I decided to appear in the video to revendicate the chance of another storytelling based on a personal, female, intimate, contemporary perspective.
The project was realized in dicembre 2020 as result of the residency at the Italian Cultural Istitute of Addis Ababa in march 2020.
Extract from video