Hannah Goldstein
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"Lola" is Hannah Goldstein's project about her friend who she hasn't heard of for a long time.

This project doesn't aim at recounting Lola or praising what she has done or finding her. It only indicates a close friendship. So, it would be better to hear about this intimacy from someone who is the active subject of this relationship:

"Lola and I have been friends for 10 years. Lola was like my sister. But I haven't seen her for more than a year. She is lost. I don't know if she is dead or alive. The last time I saw her was in Hong Kong. She was working as a prostitute in an escort bar. In her last e-mail, she told me she started doing drugs again and she couldn't cut it. I traveled a lot with Lola. And she quickly held on to the idea of living somewhere else. She felt free when she was constantly on the move. Lola could pretend to be someone else. Many people around her didn't know her other sides. Before her illness relapsed, I saw her many times during her treatment period. Every time it was the same. I used to talk with Lola's mother on the phone about what to do, how to get her back. I used to pack and go search for Lola. I found her in many cities selling her body for her addictions. I used not to speak about her because people used to criticize her being a prostitute and a heroin addict. I haven't been able to get in touch with her, so I decided to make a project with her photos. But working with lots of archive material was not as easy as I thought.

Philip Monk used to say; revealing an archive makes it fictional. You always choose some stuff and create a novel reality. What is real and - novel - narrative of that reality intertwine and boundaries in between disappear (there is some kind of a transition). I might tell Lola's story in various ways to this day. In this sense, photography is so strong; it either strengthens the memory or enhances a lie."