Laura Henno

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Laura Henno

Born in 1976 (Afghanistan)

She lives and works in Paris, France

Laura Henno initially trained as a photographer and studied film at Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains. She was the recipient of the New Discovery Award at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles in 2007. For several years, she has based her approach to photography and film on the issues of clandestine migration, in the Comoros, Réunion Island and Calais. She confronts herself, with a documentary aim that reinvests reality with the potentials of fiction and storytelling. The resulting images provoke a disturbance and draw from pictorial and cinematographic codes.

Her work has been shown in many museums in France and abroad. In 2018, she presented her series Redemption (produced in the United States) at the Rencontres d’Arles. In 2017, the BBB Centre d’Art in Toulouse cast the spotlight on her series M’Tsamboro. In 2013, her work was shown in the Missing Stories exhibition at the Centre régional de la photographie Nord Pas-de-Calais in Douchy-les-Mines and the Dunkirk Museum of Fine Arts. In 2011, she was exhibited in the Finnish Museum of Photography in Helsinki, Finland. Laura Henno has also participated in many group exhibitions, among which Paysage Français : Une Aventure Photographique (1984-2017) at the BnF François Mitterrand in 2017, alongside a hundred major photographers, the Sharjah Biennial 2017 at the Beirut Art Center in Lebanon, L’effet Vertigo at MAC VAL in Vitry-sur-Seine in 2015, Femina, ou la réappropriation des modèles at the Pavillon Vendôme in Clichy in 2015, and Voices of the Sea at the Calais Museum of Fine Arts in 2012. She has been awarded several prices for her film Koropa, including the Equality and Diversity Award 2017 at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and the Grand Prix for Short Film 2016 at the Entrevues de Belfort.