Gadaay was inspired to create his newest project, Gardienne, while in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the Addis Foto Fest in 2016. He was influenced by the skateboarding and graffiti lifestyle of the city and Gardienne is the result of that inspiration.
This photo series and experimental narrative film tell the story of coming of age in Entoto, an impoverished neighborhood of Addis Ababa. It aims to present the possibilities that positivity, creativity, and sports can create against all odds and the extraordinary power of women to encourage and improve communities.
The series is one that will grow and evolve over time. This will be my second major collaboration with Gadaay.
Learn more about it here: http://djibrildrame.squarespace.com/#/gardienne/and stay tuned for where you will be able to see these photos in person!
Film sound and editing by Jason Ogawa
Curated by Jessica Epstein
Wardrobe by Nio Far by Milcos and Dij’Arts
Graphic Design by DissCrimination and LeBasane