‘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
The objects are intended to have the objective character of industrial products. They are not intended to represent anything other than what they are. The previous categorization of the arts no longer exists.
Charlotte Posenenske