"Dear neighbor:" is the celebration of a community of anonymous people and every one of their lives, the search for a common identity beyond their differences, and the attempt to bring them closer to each other from their identification and mutual knowledge.
This is Alex Llovet's first book. In his own words: "Welcome to Mas Sauró, a vibrant area of Barcelona (Spain), undergoing rapid change. It owes its name to the now non-existent Catalan farmhouse “Masia” Can Sauró. Located at the top of a hill, it overlooked the lands that, at the start of the 20th century, began to be divided into separate housing plots, gradually becoming the neighborhood that we know today. Currently there are about 160 houses, located on small pieces of land. The social and cultural mix of people coming from all over the world, a small Tower of Babel reflection of Catalan society in miniature, has created the varied and sometimes chaotic architectural landscape, from shacks and small simple houses, to architect-designed buildings, contemporary chalets, wooden houses, a teepee, two masias, a modernist mansion, and the Santa María de Vallvidrera church, built towards the end of the Gothic period. This is where I live and I spent 2013 visiting my neighbors, house after house. I took 140 portraits, one of each family. I also made an interview to each one of my neighbors, and then convert it into a short text that goes along every image."
140 color photos
21.8 x 21.8 cm
sewn / hardcover with dust jacket and a removable postcard
texts in Spanish
edited by Silvia Omedes, Josemaria de Llobet and Alex Llovet
design by Borja Martínez, LoSiento
limited edition of 400 copies
It includes a a map of the neighborhood and a short story inspired by Mas Sauró, written by local journalist Toni Arbonés, from the point of view of the oldest tree in the area
foreword by Alex Llovet
"Llovet has left in heritage for the city an unprecedented human map in the local cartographic archives, a natural size snapshot of a neighborhood in wich the older memories are blurred, and that is a pity . [ ] Always images with natural light, something very Vermeer, a revindication of photography as a technique, art and communication channel. "
Carles Cols - El Periódico
"Excellent work by Alex Llovet. Portraits without hickeys or imposed funds: where they live is where they are portrayed ... [ ] Images that emanate the authenticity of the photo document that remains for posterity as the reflection of a small society."
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