In 2011, Malagasy photographer Emmanuelle Andrianjafy arrived in the port city of Dakar, situated on the westernmost African coast, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Nothing’s in Vain is Andrianjafy’s response to the experience of uprooting to the Senegalese capital. Struggling to settle in, Andrianjafy picked up a camera for the first time. She began walking the city as a way to make sense of her experiences, confronting Dakar’s unfamiliar urban environment by framing it through the camera lens. Andrianjafy’s joint explorations of urban territory and emotional states of mind are intuitive, immersive and introspective. Nothing’s in Vain explores the dialogue between the specific urban context and her own internal search for belonging and connection.

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