My photos are of the Malagasy, the people of Madagascar. What does it mean to be Malagasy? I find us beautiful and sad, resilient and fallible, courageous and timid. MALAGASY presents a social, violent, but also poetic and intimate portrait of Madagascar. I have not chosen these photos because they correspond to the idea one might have of Madagascar – and one we hope is true – the image of a faraway, exotic and sunny country full of the joys of life, but because they seem to be closer to my state of mind at that time, that moment when I felt that there was a legitimacy in the photographic act, a necessity to capture an image of things. The light, a look, an attitude, a tension and sometimes a simple reflex...
I asked the Malagasy author Raharimanana to write about this series, because I needed the realism of his words and because I appreciate his commitment.
Text by Rijasolo written for the occasion of his exhibition: MALAGASY.
On the occasion of his Malagasy exhibition, the artist photographer Rijasolo shares his work and his residency experience at the Cité internationale des arts during a unique get-together on 4 December 2019 (7:30 pm).
With: Henri Francois Debailleux (Art Critic, Journal des Arts), Malala Andrialavidrazana and Christian Sanna (artists), Eric Dereumaux (President of the PARITANA association) and Bénédicte Alliot (Director General of the Cité internationale des arts).
Rijasolo (Madagascar/France) is the recipient of the PARITANA Contemporary Art Prize supported by the Cité internationale des arts, the Institut Français of Madagascar and the Fondation H.