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Marta Marinotti and the fabulous magic that transmits Africa

Marta Marinotti Dans La Route 9

Marta Marinotti is a 24 years old photographer based between Milan and Venice. Her images spread from fashion to reportage, from design to art. She developed her skills working at Gianpaolo Barbieri’s studio as an intern and as an assistant for several photographers. Since 2018 she has been working by herself as a freelance.

About ‘Dans la route‘:

“In 2015 I won a contest at my former university. The prize was to take part in a social design workshop that would be settled in Senegal. It was called ‘Route Artlantique’. By looking at the website, it wasn’t very clear how the workshop would be organized and what we would do once arrived in Africa. It was clear though that we would live 24 hours a day with local craft-mans and artists, learning about their techniques and their everyday life. It was an organized trip, so I did my luggage and left Milan. I didn’t have big expectations: I’d never imagined how these 15 days would change my life completely.

We traveled all around the country, from Dakar to Saint Louis. Then, we moved to Thies and Casamance, passing through Gambia and across the sea on a ferryboat, with dolphins accompanying us.
We had a different destination every day. Artisans hosted us and revealed their secrets and visions. We worked with them, ate with them, slept in their houses… We became Senegalese people for 15 days and we felt home.

Before Senegal, I feel I was blocked: my photography stuck in a creative rut. I was asking myself every day what was the point of taking pictures.
The very first moment I arrived in Africa, my chaotic flow of thoughts stopped and I started seeing the world surrounding me. All I could see was beauty. I needed to portrait it, just for the sake of it.

This reportage is about Senegal as I perceived it: a melting-pot of faces, landscapes, feelings, textures sharing the same spirit. You could travel all around the country and breathe the same air, even in completely different situations. Whether you visit a metropolis, the savannah, the jungle or you are in the middle of the sea, there will always be that common magic atmosphere surrounding you and cuddling your eyes and soul.

This magic never abandoned me. Since then, I was able to find it into the small details of my everyday life back home. I owe to Africa the ability to be ‘surprised’ again, and I could not be more thankful.

‘Route Artlantique’ was founded in 2015 by Ramon Llonch and this was the first edition ever. Llonch’s aim was to create a connection between western creatives (we were almost 20 people from all around Europe) and local Senegalese artists. Personally, I think that he achieved his goal. He created a strong bridge between many different cultures and he keeps doing it every day with his several projects.”

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Published on
14 June 2019
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