Celina Bordino
Bordino lives and works in Barcelona, Spain. She is trained in Journalism in U.N.C (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba) and Senior photographer Degree at Escuela de Artes Aplicadas Lino Enea Spilimbergo in Córdoba, Argentina, the city where she was born. In 2008, she moved to Mexico City and then to Barcelona, Spain, where she completed her training in different workshops In 2014, she got a grant from Centro de Fotografía Documental (CFD) in Barcelona. She has also participated as an artist in residency in “ DATs creative in Residence” Nuremberg (2014), ISSP 2015 (International School of Summer Photography) in Latvia, International Residencies in Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Gas Natural Fenosa (MAC) in La Coruña, Spain (2016). Now, she is working on her last project developed in Achterhaus Ateliergemeinschaft e.V Residency in Hamburg (2017). She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Argentina, Spain, Latvia, Germany and Poland.
The Raval. A labyrinth of streets situated in the historic center of the city, the neighborhood most densely populated by immigrants in Barcelona. This is a selection of images and stories about the hairdresser’s salons in this área. I arrived in Barcelona in 2009. This was precisely the time of the beginnings of the economic crisis in Spain. At that time we would spend Sunday evenings taking long walks through the Raval. The hairdresser’s salons always attracted my attention. The neighborhood. The people reunited in these places like in a social club. The colors, the posters, the TV screens constantly turned on. The quantity of salons in each street. At those moments, I felt like absorbing the whole city. Today, I feel a bit disenchanted. I try to connect with that thing I was attracted: the Raval hairsaloons. My experience in this places start with a NO. I insist, I take the samples of hair from the floor, I collect magazines and I save them, I hear stories from clients and owners, we talk about our lifes. Instead of taking out the camera, aiming the lenses, photographing compulsively what is happening around and invading these spaces (recyclied places and reconstructed from scraps and constantly recomposed ) I present myself, I explain my project, I just sit, observe, and listen. Again and again. There are moments when I am just spying on them, without entering. I don’t have a fixed job. I have a whole day for walking and searching for one to enter. Being there produces an adrenaline rush. And incites me respect. Sometimes there is complicity. Sometimes fear and sexual tension. Sometimes I feel that I bothering them and I leave. And I come back later. This insistent conduct forms a basis of Pelus: an obsessive ethnographic documentation about the flow of time when one is outside. About what goes on when nothing is going on. About this shared familiarity quite different from the objectivation of the other as other the familiarity that takes place while listening about the expectations, the longings, the plans, the ideas and desires of the people encountered in the salons of this neighborhood.

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.