Mimi Mollica December 5, 2011Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Senegal.
From the Series “En Route to Dakar”. Senegal 2008
Mimi Mollica (b. 1975, Italy) has covered assignments in a number of different countries such as Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Sicily, Great Britain, Brazil, India, Romania and Senegal photographing current events and in-depth photo essays. His work has been published in various magazines and newspapers including: The Guardian Weekend Magazine, Financial Times, The New York Times, Granta, The Independent, Marie Claire and COLORS among others. Mimi has been recognized by the PDN Curator Awards in 2009 and received an honorable mention at Magenta Flash Forward in 2009. He is based in London.
About the Photograph:
“This photograph of Ablay was taken along the 34 km Dakar-Diamniadio road, the internationally funded motorway under construction that links Dakar to the rest of Senegal. For months I have been photographing this highway as it gradually changes its face, as well as the people that cross this surreal landscape everyday. A scenery where people struggle on a changing space, on the edge between an enduring past and a doubtful future. Ablay is unemployed and in search of work. Like many fellow migrants from neighboring Guinea, he dreams of reaching Europe in search of better opportunities and maybe one day, ‘if God permits’, to become a professional footballer.”