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Jean Luc Andrianasolo | Research Trip

Madagascar | Visual Arts

April 2023 — Visual Arts

Jean Luc Andrianasolo

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Swiss-Madagascan documentary photographer Jean Luc Andrianasolo has been working between Geneva and Madagascar since 2013. He has developed several photographic projects focusing on different marginalised communities on the island. His projects explore the lasting effects of colonisation, endemic poverty and youth culture in Malagasy society. In parallel his work traces his own personal family history.

During his research trip in Madagascar from 4 – 20 April 2023, Jean Luc will travel from Antananarivo to Diégo-Suarez, his hometown and the main urban centre in the north of the island. He will document the journey and the people he meets along the way, expanding his portrayal of Malagasy life. His project, “Sary Lava” aims to develop a visual narrative related to Malagasy culture.

The trip will also provide Jean Luc the opportunity to install permanent darkroom labs at the Institut Française de Madagascar (IFM) in Antananarivo and the Alliance Française de Diégo. With the help of Malagasy photographer Rijasolo, Jean Luc will conduct silver gelatin photography printing workshops at IFM, which will allow him to meet and exchange with other local photographers.


Jean Luc Andrianasolo (1983, CH/MG) is a photography graduate from the School of Applied Arts in Vevey (CEPV). He practices documentary photography. Since 2012, he has participated in various solo and group exhibitions at the Espace Jörg Brockmann or at the Festival Images in Vevey. In 2015, Jean Luc was part of the Selection at the Festival Voies-Off in Arles and at the vfg Nachwuchsförderpreis with his project “Rakely” produced in Madagascar. He was selected for the Prix Levallois in 2017 and in 2019, he was commissioned for the Enquête photographique valaisanne to do a portrait’s series in a school. His book about local ravers “La nuit du tournesol” was published by Miami Books in 2021. Jean Luc lives and works in Geneva, where he teaches photography at the CFP Arts.