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Celebration in Loiyangalani

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The artwork

Photographie numérique
8/12/2018 Loiyangalani, Marsabit County, Kenya Loiyangalani is a small town on the southeast coast of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya. There, children go to school dressed normally except on religious holidays, when everyone is in traditional dress. In fact, Italian missionaries established a Catholic mission in the small village in 1965. Two years later, they built a school with the help of the local population. Since then, missionaries and villagers are very close, and any religious festival is celebrated with great pomp and circumstance by everyone.

The artist

After several experiences in editorial offices, at Vanity Fair, Arte or Figaro Magazine, Maïlys Derville set up her own business in 2018 as a freelance journalist. It was also that year that she crossed paths with Corinne Vachon, a French photographer who has been documenting the lives of nomadic and semi-nomadic peoples for over ten years. Together, they went to Kenya, Afghanistan, Romania and Kyrgyzstan, each time with the aim of putting into perspective the history of men and women still living mostly in tradition. But if some of them try hard to perpetuate it, others open up little by little to the rest of the world and to the evolution… Photography appears then as one of the best means to testify and leave a trace. During these immersions, Maïlys develops a real love for the image, alongside her mentor, Corinne. At the crossroads between the artistic and the documentary, her photographic work has only one ambition: to capture the emotion of a scene and the essence of its subjects.

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