Objective Fisahara

Objective Fisahara

In “Objective FISahara”, stories interweave, narratives intertwine and lives intermingle; the lives of those individuals who insist on believing that such modes of expression as photography, the written word or cinema can still reflect and transform the diverse realities in which we survive. The exhibition tells the story of a festival that, thanks to constant effort and, after six editions, manages to take films to one of the most remote places on Earth. Their seclusion is not only due to their emplacement in the middle of the desert, but to the international community’s desertion and the oblivion the Saharan people are submitted to by the media after thirty years of exile in the South of Algeria. The text Muros, written by Eduardo Galeano, serves as thread to the exhibition, and lucidly highlights the injustices suffered by those who have been deprived of their land and who are forced to remain in refugee camps. The political depth of the text accompanies 12 photographs by Per Rueda, Sergio Caro, Joss Barratt, Manuel Fernández, Xavier Gil Dalmau and Casper Hedberg, as well as 3 documentaries by Sergio Catá, Félix Piñuela, Javier Corcuera and Fernando León. Each of them tells  his own story, attracted to the challenge implicit in the festival, with the sole purpose of documenting this epic event. These images let us feel the sand, the proximity and complicity that exists between those that live there and their visitors, the warmth of the sun, open-air screenings during cold nights, the ray of light that pierces the desert’s darkness, the magic created by a generator and the ability to achive what seemed impossible. The images depict the miracle of lighting faces with emotion, laughter or tears; something that remains mysterious and essential, something that proves that a sacred enigma still exists beyond the confines of mere entertainment, something common to us all, something that unites us in art, something within that expressive silence. 

This exhibition was made possible thanks to the Friends of the Saharan People Association of San Sebastian and the Lotura Films Production Company.