‘This work is about the relationships that exist between migrant carers and their employers in Barcelona,’ Ahlam Shibli explained, in 2007, when talking about MACBA’s photographic commission. The project consisted of portraying a dependent group such as old people, capturing the relationships and bonds that they establish with people from other parts of the world who take care of them. A critique of the exploitative conditions to which they are often subjected and their invisibility, but also an acknowledgement of two groups that today are at risk.

 

Artwork: Dependence, 2007. 

Ahlam Shibli, sense títol (Dependence no. 4)
Ahlam Shibli, sense títol (Dependence no. 9)
Ahlam Shibli, untitled (Dependence no. 20), Barcelona, Spain, 2007, chromogenic print, 38 x 57.7 cm
Ahlam Shibli, untitled (Dependence no. 21), Barcelona, Spain, 2007, chromogenic print, 38 x 57.7 cm
Ahlam Shibli, untitled (Dependence no. 23), Barcelona, Spain, 2007, gelatine silver print, 38 x 57.7 cm
It could be my bedroom (or something similar to it). Even the same technical characteristics: all the walls and volumes constructed in this module of raw canvas for painters to measure me and measure ourselves.
Pep Agut