[ FUJIFILM/YOUNG TALENT AWARD 2015 FINALIST ]
“Heroes” is a personal body of work about my family and how my uncle’s heroin addiction and his death from overdose affected and changed our lives.
What I am presenting now is the first step of a long term project, starting on chapter 1: “The Man Who Sold the World”.
I took these photos during the first year of his absence, when I started to think about explaining our story and also trying to search for some answers.
Heroin brought and took off Santi’s life. Little part of his days, when there was music and drugs, he was like a Hero, living between sparkling little moments of happiness and madness.
And that ripped my home apart.
Afterwards and during the process of this project, I felt the need to explore other families affected by heroin in similar and different ways from mine, in order to understand and maybe bring a little light or visibility to this sometimes hidden part of our reality. This second part or chapter of my work, “Half a World Away”, is pretended to take place the following year in Paris, Tokyo and Kabul – three different cities that represent Europe, Asia and particularly Afghanistan, the country with 90% of heroin production in the world.
I studied arts in Massana School of Barcelona from 2009 to 2012, where I found my way of expression and I started with photography.
When I was 19 I started to collaborate in the journal of my town (Sant Cugat, Barcelona), with the city council, other organizations and particulars to work on daily news, photography of cultural and social activities, commercial work…
Last year I went to the Basque Country to live and work, moving shortly after to Belgium, where I am living at the moment, volunteering and developing my photography work. This year I collaborated with 24 portraits in the book “Humans o Post-humans”, published by Editorial Fragmenta.
As a photographer, I focus on exploring social and cultural relations within families, friends, cities and countries.
Currently I’m working on 3 bodies of work: The “Heroes” project, “Imitation of Life”, in european cities like Paris or Ghent and “Refused asylum seekers in Europe” about closed refugee centers and deportations.
FujiFilm/EPF Young Talent Award
The FujiFilm/EPF Young Talent Award is an additional grant for photographers under 25. Using David Alan Harvey’s words “A heart felt thank you also to FujiFilm for making it possible for the EPF to keep focus on the future generations, the young ones, the ones with a vision already making a mark now… and just might make another jump soon…”