Nowhere Near

The migrant’s journey is a long one, night after night, inching toward the horizon like constellations. Not just typical stars, they are high-velocity stars, ejected at supersonic speed by black holes and scattered across the cosmos by the force of their propulsion. And these strewn stars, in their crossing, are like the migrants that I met in Italy and who had come from Nigeria, The Gambia and Ivory Coast: across Europe, seeking El Dorado. In the choral testament of the voices I collected, the celestial constellation is one of young Africans from different countries, of different genders and with different traits, a testament to the individuality and diversity that each of them embodies.

Alisa Martynova
(Orenburg, RU, 1984)

After finishing her studies in Foreign Philology in her home country, in 2019 she graduates from a professional photography three year program at Fondazione Studio Marangoni in Florence, Italy.
Among her awards are Premio Combat, second place of Canon Young Photographers Award, nomination for Leica Oscar Barnack Newcomers Award and a second place in Portraits Series category of World Press Photo Contest 2021. In 2021 her work is exhibited in festivals such as PhotoBrussels, Giovane Fotografia Italiana within the context of Fotografia Europea festival, Cortona On The Move, Encontros da Imagem and Planches Contact. She currently lives and works in Florence, Italy.