video Motherland Pandora


Pandora is a photography collective composed by Sergi Cámara, Héctor Mediavilla, Alfonso Moral and Fernando Moleres. Since it was founded in 2007, they develop individual and collective projects within the domain of documentary photography, understanding this practice not as mere mirror with memory, but as a medium that enables an active discourse on the world.
One of these projects is Megalopolis, which is composed of different series by the photographers,  and which penetrates into the inner-workings of four contemporary megalopolises. The different series interweave approaching the concept of the contemporary city globally, beyond each particular individual case. The photographers of Pandora make us penetrate these large cities that are very different from one another, in very different latitudes, some Latin others Oriental, but all of them darkened by the height and density of their buildings, and where men and women fight daily for a place. One ultimately cannot accurately point out what part of the world it is. All we can make out is that we are in a model of city where the other and the I disappear; they are lost in the compact mass, where they wonder in those non-places as the underground o those large stations. A space that, as Auge explains "does not create identity nor relation, but only solitude and similarity". A model of city that Pandora undoubtedly wants us to question and which they clearly disagree with.
Thus, if we look closely at their works, we quickly understand that the model which Pandora seeks is rather one in which encounters take place, one in which people interconnect; this is seen both in their images as in the ideal of city they hint at. They are mediators and their images constantly pursue us to engage with one another, to find each other through presence rather than from absence.

Photographs: Sergi Cámara, Héctor Mediavilla, Fernando Moleres & Alfonso Moral
Directed by: Masasam
Edited by: David de la Rosa. Dedo
Music: Contain. Plastikman and Um Dia No Amazonas. Nana Vasconcelos
© Masasam / 2011

Projection developed for the exhibition “Motherland” curated by Masasam.
Organised by the Spanish Royal Academy in Rome as part of the X International Photography Festival of Rome, Italy.