Laura Henno 

Missing Stories

2014, Film HD, 20’

For several years, Laura Henno has based her photographic approach on issues of illegal migration –in the Comoros, on the
island of Reunion, and more recently in Calais. She confronts these migrants’ situations with a documentary ambition that reinvests in the reality of the potential of their fictions and stories.
For Missing Stories, Henno immersed herself in the stories of migrant children,
to encounter people in the making, who have set off from somewhere, but who have certainly not yet arrived at their
destination, stuck in a world that does not really exist, a border area with blurred boundaries […] These young people, in a
climate of suspicion, tell elusive stories, made up of unspoken hints and patched-up snippets. But the photographer refuses
to do any investigative work: instead she prefers to work in the exact situation of these suspended lives, with secrecy, disorder, and fictional characters. After
meeting the young migrants, she takes up their collected stories and writes scenarios
for the images, trying to tell their stories as accurately as possible while exploring
areas of ambiguity […]

Extract from a text by Léa Bismuth


Laura Henno was born in 1976 and lives and works in Paris. Originally trained in photography at the ENSAV of La Cambre (Brussels), she was introduced to cinema at the national contemporary arts studio of le Fresnoy. Her work has been shown in numerous museums in France and abroad and is represented by the Les Filles Du Calvaire gallery.


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