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Gallery 2016

Faces Of The Fair

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The origin of the April Fair goes back to Seville at late 1940s when two business men, a catalan and a basque created a fair for farming and agriculture. In 1971 some associations of migrants from Andalucia to Barcelona and its descendants started their own version of this fair and since then this fair has being growing to become the second bigger in Spain in andalucian sociocultural context. It is well said that the fair helps to the continuity and influence of costumes to the descendants of andalucian migrants. I spent five days going to the fair and, since day one, it continuously surprised me. I assisted with a preconceived idea of the fair, a pure and genuine Sevilla fair but in another city, with the typically dressed ladies and men. Also eager to approach to their tradition and their way to celebrate it and live it, witness it, and share it. And what I found was a surprising mixture of people who were there to view and to participate of it too. This is how I could make this series of portraits of them, in which we have a chinese flamenco dancer, a chilean DJ, an argentine musician, a peruvian scissors dancer (andean dance), current workers of the fair, girls in a hen party, dogs in customs and its owners, and also andalucian descendants. So I let myself be guided by them to resume what I found and portrait the Feria de Abril de Barcelona through this series of portraits of its assistants, which is also the regular people in the streets of todays Barcelona. It is a simple series of portraits but, I think, that is where its beauty rests, to resume all the information of different people in a short space and a short time, having as the thread those colourful backgrounds of the well known red and withe or green and white striped tents

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