33 imagesIt is an unusual corner. Life is stopped in time. In a backyard, Carmen feeds her chicken Coco and Chanel. Her daughter works in the vegetable garden. A few meters away, Emilio jokes with her neighbor in the hairdressing salon that she has improvised in the workshop where he makes vases and other pieces of wood using his own technique. You can hear the guys from La Palma Moderna rehearsing for their annual outing while Damian and his mother prepare themselves for the premiere of their show. Night falls and Marta comes to feed Vaquita and other wild cats from the mountain. This is a typical day in the life of Carrer de Julià, which is the main street of Satalia, a little village, two steps away from the city center of Barcelona, which composed of single family houses built more than a century ago. Its neighbors enjoy a life in contact with nature. Will we let it disappear? Carrer de Julià is part of the documentary project “Objective Barcelona. We Portray the City”, curated by Samuel Aranda and which attempts to be a memory of Barcelona in 2014. A selection of photographs were shown in various collective exhibitions in Barcelona, including an artist talk in "Can Basté Foto a la Fresca" in 2019, "La Virreina" museum, Urquinaona metro station in 2015. Featured in national press and interview on TV (TV3 and La 2 RTVE).
26 imagesSomething unusual happens on the 5th floor of a building located in the working class neighbourhood of La Verneda in Barcelona. Inside its walls, a woman proudly types her name for the first time on the computer. A young Moroccan woman has just succeeded in writing her first "sms" to her daughter in perfect Spanish. A university lecturer teaches English together with her colleague, a newcomer immigrant. Many of the students who have spent some time on this floor, are now back to teach. What matters here is the excitement. More than 1,800 people are part of this learning community founded in 1978 by a neighbourhood “dream” and participate in its management. What some neighbours created even came to the ears of the prestigious Harvard University which sees this experience as a model to repeat. The school is turning 40. This reality results from the effort of 200 volunteers and the participation in many innovative projects. And the dream lives on!
6 imagesProject proposed and curated by the Catalan writer Alex Barnils which is a game mixing literature and photography. 8 streets / 8 writers / 8 female photographers Copenhague (photos hereby) The city is a map, a map of writers: The game is to find the writer in 'his street' (street named after him) and capture 'his' spirit through the lens of a camera. The results are 8 photogaphs, one for each street/writer. The same exercise was repeated in 8 other cities around the world with 9 female photographers: Berlín (Valeria Schwarz), Barcelona (Dàmaris López), Hamburgo (Cristina Garcia), París (Raquel Olivas), Copenhague (Amélie Louys), Montreal (Gal·la Arenas), Santiago de Chile (Andrea Bravo) y Ciudad de México (Betiana Bellofatto). For more info, check the blog: http://mapofwriters.tumblr.com/
16 imagesBochica is a "god" for the Muisca indigenous culture. Long time ago, he inhabited the Sugamuxi province in the Colombian Andes and left on his path a unique heritage and a vast amount of teachings to the locals. I was part of the exploration team which was set up to follow the steps of Bochica in the region and make a visual documentary on this experience. It resulted in a 88km new trekking route connecting 8 towns with a magnificent offer of cultural and ecological values and a photography exhibition including images and stories of the whole process and presented in several Colombian cities in 2016. Thereafter it has been part of a collective touring exhibition in Spain, Italy and England. The image "floating trees" from this project will be exhibited at the Foley Gallery in New York for a one-night group show in the summer 2021. The Route of Bochica is an initiative of Fundación Montecito. Curator of the exhibition: Amélie Louys Photographers: Siratá Lacheba and Amélie Louys (all photos hereby) Artistic support: Munama Supported by the local communities and administrations and Holcim Colombia