Ferran Quevedo proposes an approach to the Middle East through the eyes of four of the Spanish photographers who have best portrayed the daily life of one of the most convulsive areas of the planet. On a journey where the desert, chaos and war are transformed for a moment into artificial paradises, glamor, luxury and vanity, as if it were a mirage.
The selection includes a sample of the following projects by Alfonso Moral, Anna Bosch, Javier Tles and Ferran Quevedo.
At 12 thousand meters of altitude everything seems calm, empty, the earth shows its traces and minimizes conflicts. The skin is exposed as the drought progresses. Calma is a photographic series made between the Middle East and Mongolia.
At the end of 2011 Beirut lived a moment of apparent tranquility. In Syria there was a revolution and there was still no war: the forced displacement of people to Lebanon had just begun. There was concern about whether the Syrian conflict would spread and whether there would be a new war. None of this worried the upper classes. “We live today because we do not know what will happen tomorrow” was his motto: luxury clubs and restaurants, champagne and haute couture dresses. The hangover came in the form of corruption, structural deficiencies, buildings in ruins of the last civil war. Throughout five years and nine stays in Lebanon, Anna Bosch Miralpeix has penetrated the bubble of privacy of powerful families that is often left out of the public eye. Bubbles are perfect structures … but fragile.
In Lebanon, between sea and fire, Alfonso Moral documents the social reality in Lebanon, moving away from stereotypes, through two concepts: on the one hand, the sea and the calm it generates and, on the other, the land, who lives moments of change and conflict. The photographs that make up this project were taken between 2005 and 2007, and portray realities and universes completely different from the multitude of religious groups present in the country.