La Espera opens at Galerie Focale

Opening of the exhibition of La Espera tomorrow 17th of November at 18h at Galerie Focale in Nyon. The work, awarded the 11th Prix Focale - Ville de Nyon, will be on display until the 18th of February.

"La espera (literally ‘the wait’) is a process of documenting the life of migrants, refugees and deportees across Mexico. [...] Ruiz Cirera’s humanitarian style searches for an intimate relationship with its photographed subjects, while connecting them through the universal experience of the wait.

His photographs depict men, women and children immersed in situations of frozen time. They are all waiting for something: for their visa, for the right moment to cross the border, for a message from someone they know. We can all relate to the sensation of being caught in a limbo where our faith depends on factors going beyond our possibilities and will. For the majority of us though, to be in suspension is a temporary and disjointed experience within the flow of time. For those who live a situation of displacement, frozen time is all the time to live – and it is exhausting."

An excerpt of the text wrote by Elisa Rusca, curator of the Red Cross Museum, for the project. A conversation event will take place next Tuesday the 21st at 18:30 with myself and Elisa, moderated by Anne Gallot from Focale.

Galerie Focale: Place du Château 4, 1260 Nyon