As a photographer, I am interested in the subjects, which affect us as a society. I shot Barcelona during the urbanistic speculation of the beginning of the 2000 decade, when the official press was diabolizing the squatters, the most critical voices about the “system”. I snapped the city in black and white and in 35mm. Then I used video supports and now, with the Catalan revolution, I am working with a digital color camera.
This fight for independence is a dream, which I couldn’t have foreseen a few months ago. I tried, inside defined limits, to snap the most important moments, i.e. those which really inspired me during Muriel Casals’ “Smiles revolution”. It is an eminently pacific revolution gathering all kind of characters and social classes, like all revolutions do. I left by side dramatic elements in order to privilege a more humoristic representation and various points of view corresponding to the spirit of those smiles. Even if this is my own revolution, I am watching it with surprise: I like this Catalan discipline, this strict and pacific radicalism beyond flags. The confrontation with the Spanish State seems to be blocked. Maybe we woke up to early. Unfortunately, prisoners and exiles are a too heavy ballast of reality: they exhaust our fight. This state of affairs puts the struggle for the Catalan republic in the background. Will it go on?