CATALONIA: A WORK IN PROGRESS
I’m JC, London based Fashion and Portraits photographer, and this is my personal project Catalonia: A Work In Progress, where I took portraits of people living in Catalonia and explored the spectrum of opinions that they have in regards to the Catalan crisis.
At first sight, it might seem like there are only two possible positions: in favour of the independence of Catalonia or in favour of the permanency in Spain. But the reality is more complex than that; there is a diverse set of opinions from the people caught in the middle.
Some people definitely want out, while others feel very much part of Spain. But, not everyone who wants to leave wants an Independence per-se and would opt for just more autonomy for the region. Meanwhile, not everyone who wants to remain in Spain feels Spanish or agrees with the policies of the Spanish government.
Whatever the outcome of the Catalan conflict is, the government of Catalonia or the government of Spain will have to guarantee that all the people living in Catalonia can live in harmony disregarding their political views.
“Catalonia: A Work In Progress” shows the faces of the people who live in Catalonia and their positioning on this conflict. Those who want to leave Spain, are photographed from the inside of their places while they are standing outside; those who want to stay, are photographed from outside of their places and they are posing inside; while those who are not fully in favour of one thing or the other are posing on the thresholds of their doors.
This is a conflict that has been going on for centuries, but the rest of the world found out about it after the events of October 1st, 2017, when the pro-Independence parties staged a referendum that the Spanish government considered illegal.