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30 photos for a global image to sum up my last 8 years in Africa.

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Mar
21

javier-acebal-portfolio-14Sometimes it’s a good idea to stop for a moment, have a look at the last few years and make the exercise of writing down in a paper or collecting the images and moments that were important for us in any way, and then take a look again at the result! Personally, I think it is a way to remember things that sometimes, forced maybe by the everyday routine, we forget.

So, I did it. I checked ALL the photos I’ve published in Ancorpiu and I made a folder with at least one picture of these important moments. There were many more than I expected so I had to choose 30 for sharing them with you: this is kind of a portfolio for my last eight years. There are other kind of photos I do (commercial, news, events…) but I prefer to focus on those I have already published on this website (in fact, I don’t like to mix a photo of a Minister with a plate of shrimps!).

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AECID: 25 years of Spanish cooperation. Photo assignment.

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Nov
29

« Spanish Cooperation: change and impact. » This is the title given by the Spanish Embassy, together with the AECID for a group of visuals created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Spanish cooperation.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Spanish International Cooperation for development, it has been created a group of 30 panels with more than 50 photographies taken in Senegal, (mainly in Dakar and Casamance regions), illustrating the impact of the agency for different sectors of the Senegalese society like health, education, women empowerment or environment. Most of the panels are designed with two photographies of the same scenario but with two different perspectives (pupil-teacher, doctor-patient, etc.) or two similar spaces showing the before and after the agency action . This duality is created on purpose to help the public understand the situation and to add action and dynamism or, in other words, a cause and effect relation to reinforce the idea of change and impact developed with the work of the Spanish cooperation in Senegal.

Congreso AECID / Dakar

The pictures have been showed on the walls of the spanish embassy and consulate, as well as in multiple events of the agency. (Picture above)

More information  here.

Senegalese wrestling: the mystical sport.

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Mar
03

Wrestling is the national sport in Senegal. Sculptural black bodies fight for a prize that years ago used to be rice, a woman, a piece of land or honor and now has become into thousands of dollars and glory for the best ones. But the most important part of the Senegalese wrestling – the magic – still remains intact from the origins of the sport and therefore the Marabouts keep preparing different good-luck charms, potions and spells to enforce and bless the fighter.

On these series of photos I accompanied the wrestler Djily Mbaye during the previous hours and during his combat at the stadium. I firstly photographed the most private ritual at his house (praying, dressing the good-luck charms, speaking spells, using the potions…) and then the ambience and the part of the ritual done at the stadium.

This is a part of a larger documentary project about wrestling in Senegal, aiming to show the wrestler’s life, rituals, fans and all the folklore and people that is involved in the sport.

Find our eBook about the senegalese wrestling here or the printed version in Blurb.

Senegal wrestling - Laamb

Senegal wrestling - Laamb

Senegal wrestling - Laamb

Senegal wrestling - Laamb

Senegal wrestling - Laamb

Senegal wrestling - Laamb

Senegal wrestling - Laamb

International Guild of Visual Peacemakers

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Apr
04

IGVP is a collaborative peacemaking movement owned by every contributing member as well as the photographic subjects themselves, ultimately producing mutual respect and peace in contexts of endless diversity.

Throughout history people have fallen into the trap of making enemies with, demonizing, stereotyping, and fighting the “other.” There has been a flood of conflict based on ethnic, cultural, and religious identity in the post-cold war era that has ended the lives of millions, destroyed economies, and torn apart families.

Much of this has been fueled by the growing availability of technology, especially photography and videography. While the written word carries an expectation for honesty, there is a void regarding the ethics of images due to their subjective nature. This void has opened the door for photographers to exploit people’s desire to confirm their thoughts about the “other”—mobilizing innumerable people towards slander, violence, and other fear-based responses.

Since 9/11, conflicts between Muslim cultures and western cultures have been growing in intensity. There are deep misunderstandings and stereotypes that are producing widespread fear and anger.

The International Guild of Visual Peacemakers (IGVP) was created to build bridges of peace across ethnic, cultural, and religious lines through visual communication that is both accountable to an ethical standard and created by those who authentically care about people.

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Maluka Club, Gijón

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Jan
12