Shortlisted in Photo London Book Dummy Awards 2019 (under a previous title) Freedom Tastes of Reality is a vindication of our bodies in the era of the disembodiment of all human relations and an exploration of individual freedom.
27 x 19 cm. 128 pages, 90 photographs.
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Life no longer happens around our body because we have ceased to inhabit the place in which we physically find ourselves, life happens elsewhere, through our digital devices. Hence, we no longer experience the world through our bodies.
Our bodies are being excluded; working remotely means that most jobs do not require the presence of the body. Thus, productivity and presence have been dissociated and, in the same way, we now have friendships without presence, sexuality without presence, education without presence… Freedom Tastes of Reality invites us to reflect on this increasingly absent body.
This project portrays some of Madrid’s thriving new art scene key individuals during a ten-year period (2010-2019). With almost sixty artists photographed, Freedom Tastes of Reality is not a documentary work but a collaboration in which Barte involves the subjects of his photography in the creation of the final images.
The result is photographs caught in a tension between the staged story and the testimonial record, imbued with fantasy as much as reality, unreliable and open-ended, thus, reflecting the instability of our times.
Today, in light of the latest events consequence of the pandemic, both, freedom, and reality, seem to be in retreat. When our mobility is restricted and most of our social life takes place online, a book like Freedom Tastes of Reality becomes more relevant than ever.
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