Almost everything we know about distant reaches of Universe has come to us via traditional cosmological messengers. Though some claim that there is another type of cosmological messengers – the fastest known stars that are trapped orbiting the supermassive black holes. When two galaxies collide, the supermassive black holes at their centres interact in a way that flings away orbiting stars out of the merged galaxy at super high speeds, some of them travelling fast enough to escape their galaxy entirely. If there was a mechanism of tracing them, we ought to be able to see unbound stars travelling across the Universe.

Here’s a story of a man, a man at the end of a long and exhausting journey to an unknown place, the land he imagined himself as a castle of clouds that vanished upon reaching it.

What remains when the dream disappears? Where could one look for the answers? Where would he look to find a way home?

In the attempt of trying to tell a story of a person that leaves his land and pursues his dream physically moving from one place to another, overcoming barriers, I discovered that the dream one is following is not always only a desire for a better future, sometimes it is a nightmare that appears when the dream doesn’t get fulfilled and remains a recurring vision of something that may never be reached.

The project explores the question of African migration in Italy.

Project presented in Giovane Fotografia Italiana #08 | RECONSTRUCTION

Alisa Martynova


Orenburg, Russia, 1994)

After finishing her studies in Foreign Philology in her home country, in 2019 Alisa Martynova graduates from a professional photography three year program at Fondazione Studio Marangoni in Florence, Italy. During her studies she’s been an assistant for a photography collective Riverboom. In 2018 she is presenting her work at Leica Story, in 2019 she becomes the winner of the photography category of Premio Combat Prize and the second place winner of Premio Canon Giovani Fotografi, later she projects her work at the opening night of Les Rencontres d’Arles. In autumn 2019 she is shortlisted among the finalists of Photolux Award 2019 and PH museum Women Photographers Grant and as a winner of Zine Tonic Book Award. In 2020 she becomes a nominee for Leica Oscar Barnack Newcomers Award and her work on quarantine “Sleeping Pill” is selected for “ The World Within” show in Brussels. She is now a fellow member of a photography agency Parallelo Zero.