British reporter Olivia Harris decided to pursue her career after working for the Reuters agency in Asia. "I wanted to find a new voice, I want to continue to tackle important issues, but doing less press photography," says Olivia Harris, one of the DOCfield participants, the Festival of Documentary Photography, held in different locations in Barcelona until December 9th. After participating in the projections of Visa pour l'Image, Harris today shows the Pati de Lletres of UB with which he opens new horizons in his work, Blessed is the fruit: the holy war in the Irish belly, a work on the referendum on the law on abortion in Ireland which led to its abolition in May.
"When you work as a reporter, especially for Reuters, you have to work very hard and very quickly – for years you've been trained to capture a moment, become an automatic being in the way you move, how you frame an image and how to focus. I'm working in a very different way now, I've had time to get out of this automation to look at a situation until there's a time that fits the way I want to tell the story, "says Harris. For the DOCfield artistic director, Helena Velez Olabarria, the Harris report draws attention because it is not "linear" and because the images are constructed as if they were a "surreal" painting. A good example is the image of this article of a man with the faces of his children tattooed on his back. "Photojournalism now looks at the nearest environments and addresses issues that emerge from the heart," says Harris.
The sixth edition of the DOCfield is entitled Love. Effects of affects And it includes 23 exhibitions in 21 spaces, where the public will be able to explore all aspects of the budget. "We want to talk about love over romantic love and the effects of a relational perspective, and highlight the gray areas", explains Velez, who in the presentation of the exhibitions linked them to topics such as death, care , aging and ties with a territory. "DOCfield is not a festival of absolute truth, but wants to question the public", underlines Silvia Omedes, the director of the organization that organizes the festival, the photographic Foundation for the social vision.
Love that reflects the images of Forbidden beauty, from the Egyptian Heba Khamis, exposed to Pati Llimona and winner of the World Press Photo, is impregnated with pain and fear: during a month he documented the ironing of the breasts in several girls of Cameroon. One of the reasons why this practice survives is the belief that it is a measure of prevention against violations. "I worked a month without rest and I traveled at night from one city to another to save time," writes Heba Khamis. When I arrived in Cameroon, I contacted NGOs and local journalists. I have found many girls, but many have said that not because breast stretching is a practice that is done secretly. "The sobriety of the images is not casual." I wanted to concentrate on emotions and feelings and I photographed the girls in black and white. because the clothes they wear are very bright colors and distract the viewer ", concludes Khamis.
A triangle for the elderly
In this edition of the festival the Palau Robert is an exceptional venue, as it presents three exhibitions. In the gardens there is an unmissable story of Isadora Kosofsky: the love triangle of two elderly women and a man in a geriatrician in Los Angeles. While Velez explains that this work represents "protection against the loneliness of aging", Silvia Omedes reveals the most curious details of the story: "Isadora Kosofsky went to the residence to photograph a woman and saw how Jeanie, Will and Adina They went out of hiding and decided to follow them and talk to them, they need to live their love open, because they drowned in the residence ". The other exhibition at the Palau Robert is very tiring: a The family imprint. The portrait of a daughter on love and love lost, Nancy Borowick has documented how her parents received cancer treatments and how they died with 364 days difference. "Emphasize everything we do not want to see, it's a love letter and goodbye," says Velez.
Finally, the window of the Palau Robert shows the fruits of an open call for the public to send family photos, in order to analyze the representations of the family. One of the images included is a family portrait full of tenderness by the photographer Ignasi Marroyo (1928-2017) in which the author, his wife and three children sit on the sidewalk in front of the house. "People then went to the photo studio, but the father did not have money and he did it on the street, putting the camera on a wooden tripod, we had our best clothes," recalls Pilar Marroyo, daughter of the 39; artist.
Over one hundred photographers participate in the DOCfield of this year. "There is a lot of equality," says Omedes. The criteria for selecting works are quality and theme, not gender. Even so, both Olivia Harris and Heba Khamis claim that being women allowed them to be closer to the people they worked with. "It can be an advantage: people look at you in a different way, they do not think you're a threat, and this is useful when you want people to teach you your life, and you're very dependent on the generosity of people," says Harris. "They believe they can trust you and open your heart," says Khamis.
Unlike other years, most of the exhibitions will remain open a month instead of two. Even so, the organizers believe that the festival is consolidated and that the change does not influence the influx of visitors. Among the reports on love for the land, the Center for Female Culture Francesca Bonnemaison welcomes the Defensores by Ester Pérez Berenguer, a series of portraits of women activists from Guatemala and Honduras who defend their territory, their indigenous identity and gender equality. "I portrayed them in places that are important for their struggle," says Ester Pérez Berenguer. He wanted to escape the victimized stereotypes and withdraw them from the fortress, even if only one must see the dignity and honesty with which they pose. The merit is them. Some of them have arrested and been in prison, and some have been killed. They win victories, but pay a very high price. I wanted to escape the victimized stereotype. "
CINC DESCOBERTES DEL DOCFIELD
& # 39; Llaneros & # 39 ;, rugby, diasporas and therapeutic marijuana
& # 39; & # 39 Llano;
Juanita Escobar portrays the life of llaneros that roam the savannah of the Orinoco Basin in Colombia for six months of drought and six of water. At the Fnac Triangle until December 9th.
& # 39; Mariola & # 39;
César Cid documents as before the passivity of the administrations the parents of a girl named Mariola began to cultivate marijuana to cure their epileptic attacks. At the Working Society Space until 7 December.
& # 39; Bears & # 39;
This report by Alejandra Carles-Tolrà portrays the rugby team players at the University of Brown. In addition to intellectual demand, these women also play a demanding sport. At the Fifty Dots gallery until December 20th.
"Women in prison"
Mechanical space exposes Jane Evelyn Atwood's fundamental relationship to women in prison until January 8th. The realization of the relationship was made from 1989 to 1999 in some of the worst prisons in the world.
"Behind that door & # 39;
Bruno Crocianelli exhibits at the Grisart school of photography a series of portraits of LGBTIQ people who left their country of origin and moved to Barcelona and wondered if they had shared an identity. Until December 23rd
The fourth Photogenic Festival is coming
The DOCfield will coexist with another photography festival during these weeks: the Photogenic Festival, which reaches its fourth edition. In fact, the two festivals added an effort to make a collective exhibition with the Setba Foundation, From shadow to light, a series of Maria Espeus portraits. The Photogenic Festival will be extended until 18 and this year includes 40 exhibitions in unique shops in the districts of Gràcia and Ciutat Vella. In addition, on the 17th they will celebrate a photographic day of the marathon at the former Estrella Damm factory, with conferences, workshops and presentations, featuring artists like Bleda and Rosa, Sandra Balsells, Verónica Fieiras and Oliver Vegas and schools like IEFC. and Grisart.