The Inevitable (2013)
The first time I set foot in Gambela was in September of 2010. I discovered a place that exemplified various issues that were especially important to me – the difficult coexistence between the minorities and the dominant culture, the consequences of a global economy in the most remote corners of the world, and the relationship between man and the land at a time when both are suffering from irreversible transformation. And it happened in a very visual way, thanks to the appearance of the people I encountered on my journey. Appearances that fascinated me from the beginning. I returned to Gambela two years later and did a series of portraits that constitute Lo inevitable. The project offers various levels of interpretation; on the one hand, it is intended to increase the visibility of the inhabitants of a land rife with forced resettlements and massive cessions of land to foreign companies, without the participation of local communities. On the other hand, it is intended to promote reflection about the identity of a culture in the process of irreversible change, a transforming tension revealed in the distance that exists between appearance and context, between the desires and the reality of its protagonists. Lastly, it is intended to utilize photography to question the mental image that the Western media has been forging on the African continent, in general, and on a country as Ethiopia, in particular.
Do Your Own Exhibition Kit
I made an exhibition on January of 2015 in CEART Fuenlabrada. A month later, I make a limited pocket edition including all the images and text exhibited in Fuenlabrada, aiming to give everyone the possibility of making their own exhibition at his house's walls. If the mountain won't come to Muhammad then Muhammad must go to the mountain.