Alvaro was born in Madrid and has been living in Italy since 2004. He studied German Philology in the “UCM” of Madrid and “Otto Friedrich” of Bamberg (Germany) and Sociology in the “Università D’Annunzio” of Chieti (Italy). He is particularly interested in the long-term projects on critical elements of ‘modernity’ such as immigration and cultural fragmentation; consequently he focus on traces and symptoms left by these trends in his works. Alvaro’s work has been exhibited in festivals and galleries in Arles, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, London and New York and his clients and publications include L’Espresso, Newsweek, Playboy, Internazionale, Vanity Fair, New York Times, Das Magazin, El Periódico, Glamour, The Fader, Riders, Bulletin, Altair, NZZ, DLaRepubblica, IL Magazine, Lens (New York Times), British Journal of Photography, GUP. He won the PHotoEspaña OjodePez Human Values Award, BJP’s International Photography Award and Viewbook Photostory Contest and finalist in the Voies Off Arles, Leica Oskar Barnack Award and Sony Award.
……life has been thrown into the world, light into darkness, the soul into the body. It expresses the original violence done to me in making me be where I am and what I am, the passivity of my choice- less emergence into an existing world which I did not make and whose law is not mine. (Hans Jonas, Zwischen Nichts un Ewigkeit)
This work seeks to explore the special psychological moment of adolescence traversed by foreign minors in juvenile communities and the impact of their individual experience in the passage to adulthood. For them, it is a time suspended between past and future which sees radical changes in their space; a passing phase in which tensions, reflections and life expectations are concentrated.
In Italy each year, the ‘Case Famiglie’ (literally ‘Family Homes’ – family-type communities located in residential buildings), welcome between 7,000 and 8,000 unaccompanied non-EU citizen minors from different continents – young people who have travelled thousands of kilometres, even at the risk of their lives, fleeing war, poverty and uncertainty.
They can be defined as survivors, having faced, in some cases, a voyage which in its final phase brought them to the extreme limits of their means. Now in the ‘Home’, they live suspended between two worlds, in time and in space; they are on hold, waiting for what will come. However, during this welcoming phase in which they have found a dimension of tranquillity, the sense of uncertainty does not come any less, as once they reach adulthood, they will again find themselves facing the external world outside the home, often without any sort of purpose.