Juan and Vicente, the twins from El Clot.

PhotographerJorge López Muñoz
Entry Description

Juan and Vicente are two 11 years old gypsy twins from El Clot. El Clot building is an apartment block that for the last 15 years has been under threat by a City Hall plan that forecasts the demolition of 1.651 homes in El Cabanyal, Valencia's historic fisherman neighborhood, in order to extend Blasco Ibanyez Avenue until the seafront. For the last years, tens of homeless gypsy families have occupied and restored some of these empty apartments in El Clot. This has put these families into the police's and the Court's spotlight. Recently, the neighbors have come together to defend themselves and to raffle a lot of other holes that they must face on a daily basis, such as exclusion, poverty, racism or real state mobing. I am seeking a direct but sensitive portrait, objectively powerful but full of personal emotion, trying to represent both their strength and vulnerability.

About Photographer

Photography Degree, EASD Art and Design College of Valencia. Master of Fine Art Photography and Professional Projects, LENS School of Visual Arts of Madrid. Master in Graphic Arts, UPV Polytechnic University of Valencia. EL CLOT 2015 INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS Public Art Exhibition with JR's Insideoutproject. Valencia, Spain. BARBASTRO FOTO Festival. El Moline - Barbastro, Spain. NANO Festival de Fotografia. FOLA Fototeca Latinoamericana - Buenos Aires, Argentina. WARSAW PHOTO DAYS 2015. No4 Gallery - Warsaw, Poland. EL CLOT SELECTED AWARDS 2015.05 · PDN Photo Annual Photography Contest (Winner) - New York, U.S.A. 2015.06 · KLPA Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards (Finalist) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA. 2015.09 · WACOM'S CREATE MORE PROJECT Exchange Programme (Winner) - London, U.K. 2015.10 · EMERGING PHOTOGRAPHER (Winner) - New York, U.S.A. 2015.10 · LUX PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS (Winner) - Barcelona, SPAIN. 2015.12 · FIFTH WORLD BIENNIAL EXHIBITION (Winner) - Novi Sad, SERBIA. 2016.01 · GOMMA Photography Grant (Finalist) - London, U.K. 2016.02 · VIEWFIND Visual Storytelling Grant (Judge's Special Mention) - San Francisco, U.S.A. 2016.02 · ONE EYELAND Awards, BRONZE Award for Fine Art Portrait (Winner) - Chennai, INDIA. 2016.03 · SAN JOSE FOTO Festival (Winner) - San Jose, URUGUAY. 2016.03 · CANSON ART School Awards (Winner) - Paris, FRANCE. 2016.04 · ZEISS Photography Award (Finalist) - London, U.K.