Javier Alvarez

Photographer
  
PRÉDIO
Location: Brooklyn
Nationality: Chilean
Biography: Javier Álvarez (Santiago de Chile, 1988) is a documentary photographer with a special interest in social issues. His work is focused on human relationships in neglected communities. Alvarez's work has been exhibited, published, granted... read on
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PRÉDIO

During the 90’s, workers and proletarian social movements began to break into abandoned buildings in São Paulo, Brazil. Today, there are more than 40 self-claimed organizations that ‘squats’ in hundreds of abandoned properties, allowing families, immigrants, students, or workers in a homeless situation to live in these places. 


On the 13 floors of the ‘Marconi’ squat, about 400 people accommodate in offices adapted into rooms of 50 to 100 sq ft, under the uncertainty of a decent housing solution. Within it, the notion of home (a space of emotional relationships and identity) becomes as unstable as the memories and expectations of a steady future. Marconi is a place where life stories have common experiences of nostalgia and loss. 


Several life testimonies from the residents of Marconi invite us to ask ourselves, how deep we can see within our cities, how do we deal with housing problems? Who organizes? Where is the real crime in all this? To whom is it visible, and who is not?. ‘PREDIO’ encourages dialogue about an urban crisis within a South American historical context, and what we leave behind in our identity and collective memory.


In 2013, I started visiting the ‘Marconi’ building. During this process, I was invited to be a part of the community, living for periods of six up to eight weeks, two or three times a year. The full body of work consists of a series of photographs, video footage, interviews, archival material, and collages from a personal travel journal. 

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JORNAL DA SAUDADE

By Javier Alvarez — A journal from my multiple travels and stays at the 'Marconi' squat, an abandoned building that hosts four hundred people, located in..
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STRANDED TEENAGERS IN MOROCCO

By Javier Alvarez — Only between 2016-17, about 171,635(*) immigrants crossed the mediterranean sea to a European destination. There isn’t an exact number that..
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ALBUM FAMILIAR

By Javier Alvarez — A photographic exercise that rescues Valparaiso's abandoned photo lab developing orders, as an attempt to access to one of people's most..
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ORANGE

By Javier Alvarez — A visual journal about how my partner and I fall in love, on a train trip from Istanbul to Warsaw in Eastern Europe.  ORANGE, 2014 We met us..
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ORANGE

By Javier Alvarez — A visual journal from the trip where two strangers got to know each other during a train trip from Istanbul (Turkey) to Warsaw (Poland), across..
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GOLD, BONES, DUST & LUST

By Javier Alvarez — A daily life series that explores the cultural identity of the longest street in the United States. Among the almost 50 miles of extension, Colfax..
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MILLENIAL VOTE (COLORADO)

By Javier Alvarez/Cecily Mauran — According to the Center for American Progress, by the 2020 presidential election, millennials will be largest voting population , making up around..
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