Cesar Dezfuli
Cesar Dezfuli was born in 1991 in Madrid, in a context of cultural mixture given his Spanish-Persian origins. Self-taught in photography and having learned his trade as a journalist in various newsrooms, he now works as a freelance photojournalist, focusing on humanitarian crisis and international politics. His assignments and personal projects have taken him to Bosnia for the twentieth anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, and to China where he documented families which have flouted the country´s one-child policy. Since 2015, his focus is on the migrant crisis at the borders of Europe, with a special attention on the Central Mediterranean migratory rout. His work has been published in international media such as The Guardian, The New York Times, El País, Süddeutsche Zeitung or Aljazeera, and recognized with several awards as the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize (UK), the Head On Photo Awards First Prize (Austalia) and the POY Latam Nuestra Mirada First Prize (USA), among others. It has also been part of individual or collective exhibitions in the National Portrait Gallery (UK), the Museum of Sydney (Australia), the Eigenheim Gallery (Germany), the Cardiff International Festival of Photography (UK), the Paraty en Foco Festival (Brasil) or the PHEST Festival internazionale di fotografia e arte di Monopoli (Italy).
On 1st August 2016, 118 people were rescued from a rubber boat drifting in the Mediterranean Sea, 20 nautical miles far from the Libyan coast. One more of the hundreds of boats that have been rescued from this migratory route in the past years. Only in 2016, when historical records were beaten, 181.436 migrants were rescued safe, while 4.576 lost their lives at sea. But who is behind these numbers? What is the identity of the victims and survivors of this trip? In an attempt to put name and face to this reality, to humanize this tragedy, I carry out this work of documentation composed of 118 portraits of all the people who traveled on board the same boat, taken minutes after their rescue, once on board of the rescue vessel Iuventa. Their faces, their looks, the marks on their body, their clothes or the absence of it … reflect the mood and physical state in which they are in a moment that has already marked their lives forever. Documenting it can serve to bring this migration reality closer to those who only observe it from a distance. Here are the protagonist and passengers of that rescue, that one more rescue, that took place in the Mediterranean Sea on 1st August 2016.

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.