Several years ago, a member of my family found an old box full of negatives. They were made in the 1920s-30s, and documented life in the south of Spain. I was particularly amazed by a number of portraits made of strong women with powerful poses and gazes. I have created a series of photographs inspired by the archive. I highlight women’s strengths, their control over repressive symbols and their self-determination, with the main intention of representing women through their own identity. The project is located in Carcabuey – where the archive was found – with the aesthetic of this still very traditional place serving as an improvisational stage for my imagination. In a sense, I am creating a temporary and symbolic experience that shows the present, but at the same time makes reference to the past.
Matthew Broadhead • Macarena Costan • Vinh Dao • Richard Draper • Samuel Fordham • Alvaro Martinez Garcia • Emily Graham • Chris Hoare • Ng Hui Hsien • Jamie E. Murray • Manon Ouimet •