..life has been thrown into the world, light into darkness, the soul into the body. It expresses the original violence done to me in making me be where I am and what I am, the passivity of my choice- less emergence into an existing world which I did not make and whose law is not mine.
Hans Jonas, Zwischen Nichts un Ewigkeit
Alvaro Deprit is the winner of Viewbook Photostory 2012 with Suspension. From Deprit’s website: “This work seeks to explore the special psychological moment of adolescence traversed by foreign minors in juvenile communities and the impact of their individual experience in the passage to adulthood. For them, it is a time suspended between past and future which sees radical changes in their space; a passing phase in which tensions, reflections and life expectations are concentrated.
“In Italy each year, the ‘Case Famiglie’ (literally ‘Family Homes’ – family-type communities located in residential buildings), welcome between 7,000 and 8,000 unaccompanied non-EU citizen minors from different continents – young people who have travelled thousands of kilometres, even at the risk of their lives, fleeing war, poverty and uncertainty. They can be defined as survivors, having faced, in some cases, a voyage which in its final phase brought them to the extreme limits of their means.
“Now in the ‘Home’, they live suspended between two worlds, in time and in space; they are on hold, waiting for what will come. However, during this welcoming phase in which they have found a dimension of tranquillity, the sense of uncertainty does not come any less, as once they reach adulthood, they will again find themselves facing the external world outside the home, often without any sort of purpose.”
The jury said of the work: “the Casa Famiglie is a place of limbo and transition. Not knowing their fate, the young people who live there only have their imagination to draw a picture of their future. This state of mind is beautifully visualised in Deprit’s photographs of daily life.”
The 2012 edition focused on the theme Small Stories “a photographic series with a personal view, or stories from a ‘small’ or intimate perspective”. Deprit wins a book publication and a travelling exhibition kit, both of which “will be designed by renowned designers and will provide a different perspective and a new way to interact with the work”. Photostory is a non-profit initiative set up by the founders of Viewbook with an aim “to present engaging photographic work through different media”. The Viewbook Photostory is an international competition that focuses on “the narrative aspects of the photographic art form”.
If you click on this link submissions, it will take you to a page where you can see the nominated entries and over 70 other submissions. Why not take a look and make your own mind up?