In her work 'In the Shadow of the Pyramids', the Egyptian-born photographer, Laura El-Tantawy, presents a very intimate work on personal memory and identity, while documenting the contradictions of a country that is torn between tradition and modernity. The struggle of youth and people who took to the streets to claim their rights. The pain and hope of Tahrir Square can be seen in these Impressionist photographs dominated by confusion and the red colour of blood.
Diametrically opposed, the work of Korean photographer Sungjin Park Kid Nostalgia shows us a collection of sensitive black and white portraits.
These boys and girls from the city of Seoul are rebellious students in an overly rigid school system and a hyper competitive society that considers a failure any young person who does not go to university. Photographs of young people who skip classes and spend hours in the alleys smoking and contemplating the stopped time of their futures.
Renowned photographer, Miguel Trillo, began his career portraying the nights of Madrid in the late 70's, the emergence of freedoms, and social changes brought by 'The Transition' and 'The Madrilenian Move'.
'Influences. East Coast - West Coast' proposes a transgenerational dialogue through the genesis of the urban tribes of the outskirts of Madrid and the contemporary tribes of cities such as Casablanca, Hanoi, New York, Ho Chi Minh, Saigon and Los Angeles.
Iker Basterra's 'Pacific Highway' is his most personal work and is clearly linked to the imagery of road movies. The road as the freest way to discover the world and to pick up the myriad pieces to set up a personal refuge. The author confronts man in an exuberant nature, the Australian continent, following the route of the old surfers. A community that maintains the way of life, the habits and the values on which they bet in their youth. His photographs show us the tension and the balance between civilization and nature, always struggling. The need to live in society and the desire to escape.
Tokyo Circulation by Japanese photographer Shinya Arimoto is a tour of the streets of Shinjuku, a constantly boiling neighborhood in the city of Tokyo. A drift that finds its way in the people's interest. Photographs in black and white and square format that look at people close up. And among them, young people who struggle to maintain a personal identity face the collective identity. A particular image of this megalopolis in an endless process of transformation, which does not want to lose its humanity in spite of its superhuman urbanism.
Salva López's 'L'illa' (The Island). Love, or rather, indifference, is one of the most intense experiences of youth. The need of the other and the bitterness of discovering that we will not always be reciprocated. The photographer and his partner visited different islands: Japan, Taiwan, Bali, Komodo, Mallora and Menorca. After a sentimental crisis, he went alone to the island of Lanzarote to photograph the desolate volcanic landscapes as if it were a form of mourning. On his return he decided to collect in a book the two faces of the relationship: the colour photographs of their trips as a couple and the desert landscapes in black and white of his loneliness.
Young photographer, Helena Goñi, reminds us that punk is not dead in 'Behind Blue Eyes', her first publication. Polaroids, colour photos and black and white photos, different chunks to explain the days and nights of a group of teenagers who sadly dance a cheerful music. An intimacy full of chaos and tenderness, vital violence and unconcern for the future. Hedonistic Nihilism with no tomorrow, when all you have is tomorrow.
Xiqi Yuwang was born in Zheijang Province (China) but since the age of twenty has resided in Spain. In the compilation of photographs under the name of Little Bridge Over the River (- xiǎo qiáo liú shuǐ) he returns to the places of his childhood and first youth. The title of this work is, according to the author, "a classic and poetic way of describing the traditional landscape typical of southern China." Small rivers that meander through the city, crossed by arched stone bridges.
The author does not want to document the changes of a country in transformation but to reencounter the landscapes and personages of his past and to photograph his memories. An intimate look at ghosts and the mirage of their origins.
Rita Puig- Serra i Daniel Pujalte
With Good Luck with the Future, photographers Rita Puig-Serra and Daniel Pujalte present a four-handed work on the uncertainties of the future. Professional, economic, sentimental, social ... Doubts of an uncertain present of two young photographers who reflect on chance and the freedom to choose our own path. Images of still lifes and landscapes that refer "metaphorically to the idea of contingency" and portraits of young people who look at the future with distrust.
In White Noise Black Mirrow, David Molina Gadea gathers images of pure black and white. Photographs hit with the hardness of flash and the trembling of slow exposures. A work that arises from the confrontation of two territories: the physical and the emotional. The memory that has been lived and the fiction of memory. A geographic and vital journey full of questions. What does it mean to be young in today's Europe when the very idea of Europe collapses? How many days are left in the days of the welfare state? How many borders will we put up to protect our fear?
Juanan Requena is a poet who writes with ink and light. At the edge of every map, images and words are combined to explain that darkness is only a lack of light. Do not be afraid, you have to open your eyes and daydream. His photo-textual practice lies in the vital experimentation of a circular time. The future is yesterday, we say now and it is past. We are always young because we have always been old. Photographs tender and nostalgic, full of textures, material, painted, stained, crossed by words and manuscript verses that explain that the paths that life offers us are life itself.
Photographer Marta James makes square portraits of round beauty. Photographs of classic form and black and white care that tell us about the pieces into which we break. Living erodes, we are both our hieratic statue and our ruins. Her portraits look out head-on aware that death will come and open their eyes. Her work is neat and foggy. A deep and raw love that smells like spleen.
This series shows us young people so full of nostalgia for the present that they cannot live.