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EN - I’m Fausto Podavini, a freelance photographer. I prefer medium to long-term projects because, in a time when everything is quickly consumed, I think it’s important to take some time and elaborate subjects that could easily go unnoticed, such as social and environmental issues. Two of my long-term projects, “MiRelLa” and “Omo Change” won the World Press Photo Award respectively in 2013 and 2018, and now, after six years of work, the will is to make Omo Change a book.

ITA - Sono Fausto Podavini, fotogiornalista freelance. Prediligo lavori a medio lungo termine perchè, in un’epoca dove tutto si consuma velocemente, ritengo importante soffermarsi ed approfondire tematiche che altrimenti potrebbero passare inosservate, come quelle di carattere sociale ed ambientale. Due dei miei long term project, MiRelLa ed Omo Change sono stati premiati con il World Press Photo rispettivamente nel 2013 e nel 2018, ed ora, dopo sei anni di lavoro, la volontà è quella di fare diventare Omo Change un libro.

 EN - In 2011, I visited Northern Ethiopia for the first time to work on a project about the Tewahedo religion. From there I moved to the Tigray region and there I came to learn about what would become the biggest investment in Ethiopia, the construction of the highest dam in all of Africa, in the southern part of the country.  I don’t know why exactly, surely for an interest in environmental issues, but a bell rang inside me and I decided to start researching and found out, among other things, that this dam would be built on the Omo River, the biggest and most important river in Ethiopia that, crossing the country towards south, creates its the Omo Valley before entering Kenya and becoming the Turkana Lake. In the waters of a river, the fate of two countries.

ITA - Nel 2011 entrai per la prima volta in Etiopia del Nord per un lavoro sulla religione Tawaedho ed è lì, nella regione del Tigrai, che venni a conoscenza di quello che sarebbe stato il più grande investimento fatto in Etiopia, la costruzione dell’attuale più alta diga di tutta l’Africa, nel Sud del paese. Non so bene perché, di sicuro per un interesse verso temi di carattere ambientale, ma un campanello risuonò dentro di me e comincia così a documentarmi per scoprire, tra le altre cose, che la diga sarebbe stata costruita sul fiume Omo, ovvero il corso d’acqua più grande ed importante dell’Etiopia. Scorrendo verso sud, il fiume Omo attraversa l’omonima valle per terminare il suo percorso in Kenya e diventare lago Turkana. Nelle acque di un fiume, il destino di due paesi.

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Photo (B)

EN - The Omo Valley, the land that gave birth to humanity, is one of the most incredible areas in the African continent. This place is wild, difficult, charming and unique, and unique are the people living there. Divided in various ethnicities, each with their own rights, colors and customs, but all united by the same dependence;  the river. Their tribal rites and essential homes  reveal a deep balance with nature. Even with lots of difficulties, living aligned with nature is possible and the Omo Valley and its inhabitants were the perfect example.

ITA - La Valle dell’Omo, la terra che diede i natali all'umanità, è una delle zone più incredibili dell’intera Africa. E’ un posto selvaggio, difficile, affascinante, unico, come uniche sono le persone che lo vivono. Divise in varie etnie, tutte con le loro prerogative, i loro colori e le loro usanze, sono unite da una stessa dipendenza, quella dal fiume. Riti tribali, abitazioni essenziali, sguardi profondi equilibrio perfetto con la natura. Anche se con mille difficoltà è possibile vivere in sintonia con la natura e la Valle dell’Omo e la sua gente ne era un perfetto esempio.

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Photo (C)

 EN - This is how I started my project “Omo Change”; the crazy idea of documenting the before, during and after of what would become the social and environmental changes linked to the building of the Gibe III, the biggest Ethiopian development project. For six years I lived the Omo Valley and met Karo, Hamar, Daasanach and Bodi. I held hands, I received smiles, I felt their warmth. I breathed their lifestyle, their tribal rituals, I ate and slept with them in their villages, trying to understand them as much as possible. While my project continued so did the works for the constructions of the dam. I was hoping nothing would change for these tribes, but I had to think again every time I went there.

I watched helplessly, but always with my camera to document the consequences of what is way too easily defined as 'development.' Although the Ethiopian constitution provides for consultation with this tribes about everything regarding a development plan, the construction of the Gibe III dam imposed on their life, changing it and leaving these people as unaware viewers of their own changes, modifying forever their culture and habits, but relegating them to the margins of a society that is no longer their own, but a new forms of colonization: economic investments.

ITA - Ho iniziato così il mio progetto Omo Change. Un’idea folle; voler documentare il prima, il durante e il dopo di quello che sarebbero stati gli eventuali cambiamenti sociali ed ambientali collegati alla costruzione della Gibe III, il più grande progetto Etiope. Per 6 anni ho vissuto la Valle dell’Omo, ho conosciuto Karo, Hamar, Daasanach, Bodi. Ho stretto mani, ho ricevuto sorrisi, ho sentito il loro calore. Ho respirato le loro usanze e i loro riti tribali, ho mangiato con loro e dormito nei loro villaggi, cercando per quanto possibile di comprenderli. E mentre negli anni il mio lavoro procedeva così come avanzavano i lavori di costruzione della diga, ho sperato che nulla sarebbe cambiato per questi popoli, dovendomi però ricredere viaggio dopo viaggio. Ho assistito inerme se non con la mia macchina fotografica che le documentasse, a quelle conseguenze che troppo semplicemente si definiscono sviluppo.

Benché la costituzione etiope preveda la consultazione di questi popoli per ciò che riguarda eventuali piani di sviluppo, l’opera della costruzione della diga Gibe III si è abbattuta sulle loro vite, trasformandole e lasciandoli spettatori inconsapevoli del loro stesso cambiamento, modificando per sempre le loro culture e le loro abitudini, relegandoli ai margini di una società non più loro ma basata su nuove forme di colonizzazione: gli investimenti economici.

EN - Not happy to only document the changes of the Omo Valley (Omo Change), to testify about one on the biggest environmental impacts in the Horn of Africa caused by mankind, I felt the need to travel to the Turkana Lake. Living in this area is very hard, and the lake, the main livelihood for the Turkana ethnic group, is also shrinking, due to the reduced flow of water from the Omo River. The lake shrank so much that even UNESCO noticed and decided to identify it as a “World Heritage in Danger”. This has been decided by the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations during the recent congress in Manama, Bahrein (June 24th – July 4th 2018). 

ITA - Non contento di assistere al cambiamento della valle dell’Omo, (l’Omo Change), per poter essere testimone di uno dei più grandi impatti ambientali del Corno d’Africa causati dall’uomo, ho sentito la necessità di spingermi fino al lago Turkana. In una delle zone più difficili da vivere, il lago Turkana, principale sostentamento per l’etnia dei Turkana si sta ritirato anche a causa del poco afflusso di acqua da parte dell’Omo. Si è ritirato talmente tanto che se ne è accorta anche l’UNESCO, definendo il Turkana "Patrimonio mondiale in pericolo". Lo ha deciso il World Heritage Commitee delle Nazioni Unite durante il recente congresso a Manama, in Bahrein (24 Giugno, 4 Luglio 2018).

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Photo (E)

EN - “Omo Change” is all of this: a document, a scream, a meditation, an awareness, an act of love for a land that is disappearing and that is showing us, without filters, of what humankind in the guise of multinational corporations is capable of. A spotlight from the prospective of those who are forced to suffer the imposition of change, an awareness that if the price to pay it’s too high, we will have to take a different direction. “Omo Change” could help us understand where to go. 

ITA - Omo Change è tutto questo; una documentazione, un grido, una riflessione, una consapevolezza, un atto d’amore per una terra che sta scomparendo e che ci fa vedere, senza filtri, di cosa l’uomo nelle vesti delle multinazionali sia oggi capace. Un faro puntato sulla prospettiva di chi è costretto a subire l’imposizione del cambiamento, consapevoli che se il prezzo da pagare è troppo alto, bisognerà intraprendere altre direzioni e Omo Change potrebbe aiutarci a comprendere quali.

EN - Take part with me and FotoEvidence in the realization of the book, to allow this documentation to enter the memory of our time like a scream full of hope for a more sustainable world and to start reflections on how massive investments, hidden under the word “development,” could put at risk the balance between mankind and nature that were nurtured over hundreds of years.

ITA - Partecipa anche tu, insieme a me e a FotoEvidence alla realizzazione del libro, per fare in modo che questa documentazione possa entrare nella memoria del nostro tempo come un grido di speranza per un mondo più sostenibile, e muovere così riflessioni su come degli investimenti imponenti mascherati sotto la parola sviluppo, possano mettere a rischio equilibri uomo/natura consolidati in centinaia di anni.


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EN - The book, with a square format of 25x25 cm, will be printed on Arctic Volume Ivory 150 gr paper with a hard and hand bound cover. This kind of bookbinding, called “swiss open” allow you to browse the book and to open the pages without the annoying “wave effect”. This way you can appreciate the quality of the print especially for the pictures printed on double-page. The book will contain about 70 photographs and about 120 pages. There will be 750 copies with text in two languages, Italian and English.

The book will be edited by Régina Monfort, from the FotoEvidence team, who has a broad experience building long-form narratives. 

ITA - Il libro, con un formato quadrato di circa 25x25 cm, sarà stampato su carta Arctic Volume Ivory 150 gr con copertina rigida e rilegato a mano. Questo tipo di rilegatura, molto dispendiosa e denominata Swiss Open, permette di sfogliare il libro aprendo le pagine senza il fastidioso effetto "onda", così da godere a pieno della qualità di stampa in maniera particolare sulle foto in doppia pagina. Il libro conterrà circa 70 fotografie in 128 pagine circa, e la tiratura sarà di 750 copie in doppia lingua, italiano e inglese.

Il libro sarà editato da Régina Monfort, del team di FotoEvidence e che ha già lavorato alla realizzazione di numerosi libri di progetti a lungo termine.

EN - The graphic design will be by Melike Taşçıoğlu, associate professor in the Department of Graphic Design of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Anadolu in Turkey.

There will be some beautiful maps designed by Riccardo Pravettoni Geographer and cartographer, who works for the Norwegian Center for Global Analysis.

The introduction will be curated by Igiaba Scego, an Italian writer of Somalian origin who deals with writing, journalism and research focused on migratory phenomena and dialogue between cultures.

The preface will be written by Marirosa Iannelli, president of Water Grabbing Observatory, an environmental designer specialized in international cooperation and water management.

ITA - La veste grafica sarà a cura di Melike Taşçıoğlu, professoressa associata presso il Dipartimento di Graphic Design della Facoltà delle Belle Arti dell’Università di Anadolu in Turchia.

Saranno presenti delle bellissime mappe disegnate da Riccardo Pravettoni Geografo e cartografo, che lavora per il Norwegian Center for Global Analysis (RHIPTO).

L’introduzione sarà a cura di Igiaba Scego scrittrice italiana di origine somala che si occupa di scrittura, giornalismo e di ricerca incentrata sui fenomeni migratori e sul dialogo tra culture.

La prefazione verrà scritta da Marirosa Iannelli, presidente di Water Grabbing Observatory, progettista ambientale specializzata in cooperazione internazionale e water management.

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Fausto's work on change in Ethiopia and Kenya has been partially supported by Yves Rocher Fondation.   


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