Project Detail: Ignored island /// Isla ignorada


LuganoPhotoDays 2017




Sara Merec


Project Info

Ignored island /// Isla ignorada

Ignored Island explores the identity of the Spanish lesbian community throughout the stories of women coming from different backgrounds and generations. The combination of contemporary portraits and interviews shed some additional light to a number of recurrent issues and intends to contribute to the debate in a society like ours. Spain is one of the most advanced countries in Europe with regards to the rights and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community. Nevertheless, this project questions to what extent there is a real normalization in being gay or lesbian in daily life. In addition, new realities are flourishing such as motherhood in same-sex couples, which still imply a conflict in certain environments.

I also decided to start this project because the representation of the lesbian community is still very limited and photography is a powerful tool on this respect. If it is not represented it doesn´t exist. The aim is to enhance the visibility, break the stereotypes that still persist in our society and contribute to the transformation of the collective imaginary giving an account of the diversity of these women. The project has a vocation of continuity and expansion to other dimensions through new proposals and actions. At this stage, I have created a Facebook page (@ignoredisland / islaignorada) in order to share relevant information for the community and I have started recording videos as part of the audiovisual content. I would also like to take advantage of the current technology to create a web documentary, to collect historical data, statistics and of course to continue the project with new communities in different locations and countries.