Jeanie was 82 years old, Will 84 and Adina 90 when they were involved in a conflict of love. A love to three bands that for a time offered consolation to its protagonists in the face of loneliness and the hard aging process. "We live above the law, not outside the law, but above it. We are not outlaws, "said Will when explaining his story. For four years, and after the death of his grandmother, Isadora Kosofsky photographed the evolution of this trio: his daily meetings outside the residence where they felt free, the swings and shocks typical of such a situation, as well as the expression of his delivery. This had as a result Senior love triangle, one of the exhibitions that are part of the official section of the festival of documentary photography and photojournalism DOCfield 2018. In its sixth edition, the festival returns to Barcelona with the aim of "expanding our knowledge and experience about the world in which we live". This year, love is the motto. Not romantic love, but its most ambiguous side; the effects of affection.
"We have focused on touching the social problems that can generate love, lack of love and affection," says Helena Velez Olabarria, artistic director of the festival. "This brings us closer to different themes, which, as in other editions of the festival, rather than giving us answers, help us to ask ourselves questions". A) Yes, Senior love triangle It takes us without reservations into the opaque zones of love in the third age. How is it possible that no one sees more than me these three human beings? Why am I the only one to see them in a neighborhood where actors, screenwriters and filmmakers abound? He wondered as he walked the streets of Hollywood photographing his protagonists. "We tend to think that as we get older we lose the desire that accompanies youth," says Kosofsky. The photographer was 17 years old when the project began, and she was "reflected as if in a mirror, in terms of the fear of exclusion and desire for intimacy that I also experienced then." I think that love triangles have more to do with the fear of the loneliness that with the love ".
Forbidden beauty It is also part of the seven exhibitions that make up the official section. It gives title to the series in which the Egyptian photographer Heba Khamis documents a common practice in Cameroon: the ironing of breasts. Almost a quarter of the women have suffered this torture, performed with kitchen gadgets heated with charcoal. It is performed by their mothers or grandmothers, in order to delay the development of the breasts and be less attractive to men. In this way, they prevent an early marriage. An act of protection and a demonstration of love charged with pain.
"Life is a gift and nobody promised me longevity," are words of Howie Borowick, when diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His daughter, Nancy Borowick, would then begin to document the process her father went through, on her way to death, accompanied by her mother, Laurie, who had been battling breast cancer for 17 years. Periplo collected in The family footprint. The artist uses photography both to tell a love story and to approach illness and grief, while strengthening family ties. "I photographed my parents to hold on to their memory and capture their essence and strength at that moment," says the photographer. It also highlights the work of Olivia Harris who explores the consequences of the law of abortion in Ireland, abolished in 2018 in Blessed is the fruit. The sacred war against the Irish womb, as well as the work of Colombian Juanita Escobar, Flat. This is "perhaps the most passionate story," according to Silvia Omedes, director of the Fotographic Social Vision Foundation, the festival's promoter: "It's a story of love, a geography, the llaneros who inhabit the place and the horses that go through it" It is striking that the official section is composed mainly of women. "In the field understood as photography documents there are many women doing projects, but not so much in photojournalism understood as the reporting of conflict photos, that is where women are only 15% What we have found is that when we wanted to look for more intimate works, about the bonds, and the affections, the most interesting works we have found are those done by women ".
The exhibition program has a total of 23 exhibitions and gives visibility to more than 100 authors. Since 2001, Fundación Fundación Photographic Social Vision and has organized 154 exhibitions, has disseminated the work of more than 2,200 authors and has gathered more than one million visitors with exhibitions of World Press Photo and DOCfield. "The public is still interested in receiving information that they trust," says Velez Olabarria, "We continue to rely on photojournalism. It's a language that we all apparently understand. " A sector with great potential that does not live its best moments in our country. "Photojournalism is mistreated in Spain. There is a lot of talent, a lot of commitment and very interesting projects are being done, but many of our photographers are publishing outside to make a living and spread their projects. His accomplices traditions are no longer the media, "says Omedes. "They are the festivals, the galleries, the museums, and the social networks, especially Instagram, the speakers of this type of projects".
DOCfield 2018. Barcelona. From November 8 to December 9.