Irse y habitar (2018)

Work: Final Thesis of Journalism Degree (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, 2018), 10/10 with honors.
Location: Spain, England, Germany, France and Viet Nam
Date: 2012 - 2018

Audiovisual project and Photobook
Designed by Laura Tapia in 2018
Second edition May 2020
Methacrylate + imitation black leather, 210 x 210 mm, 82 pages
Printed in Saal, Röttenbach, Germany
Artisanal/manual re-bookbinding in December 2021 (Taller de Libros de artista, UGR) and incorporated 2 collographies on both cover and back 

‘Irse y habitar’
is an audiovisual project that explores the concepts of exodus, home and youth. This photobook is the result of an intervention of my photographic archive, which gathers photographs taken between 2012 and 2017, far from my original home, Santa Fe (Granada, Spain).

What does the word home mean for the young Europeans in the 21st century? Globalization and internationalism, do they blur our concept of homeness or do they reaffirm it? Does our national identity also get affected? What is home? What do we miss when abroad, who? What does leaving mean to us? How do we build a sense of home? How do we develop a feeling of belonging? How many places can we belong to? How many people can we belong to?

This is a collection of images of various types, always from a student-young-expat-tourist point of view. Seeking to widely understand the power of transformation of these experiences of mobility or university exchange, Irse y habitar refers to the fragility of the concept homeness.

These images describe, as they all do, a little of the particular realities of each of those places. However, I will stick to what Henri-Cartier Bresson wrote in the introduction of his beautiful photobook Images a la sauvette (1954): “These photographs taken at random by a wandering camera do not in any way attempt to give a general picture of any of the countries in which that camera has been at large”.

This project is the result of five big experiences of independent living: in Madrid, where I moved to study my bachelor (2012-2017), in London, where I lived and worked as an Erasmus + intern (2015), in Bremen, where I lived and studied for an Erasmus semester (2015-16), Paris, where I lived and did an Erasmus + internship (2017), and Viet Nam, the great last trip that eight classmates and I did to say goodbye to uni, in 2017.