Ser Sangre

HC, 17 x 23 x 1,5 cm., 144 pp., 87 color
ills., bilingual text: English / Spanish.
Here Press / Sala Kursala / RM 2014.
ISBN 978095742471

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"‘Ser Sangre’ (‘To Be Blood’) is a collaboration between Iñaki DOMINGO and his family to produce a visual record of their summer vacation together.
All members of the family were invited to participate in the decision-making process, from conception to the final form of the project as a book.
Each member of the family contributed intuitively whatever he or she thought could be of interest, though none of them had any artistic training or background in creative work. They produced installations, body painting, recipes, archival work, illustrations and performance.
DOMINGO’s photographs document these contributions by his family and constitute his own contribution to this collective narrative.

On a second level, 'Ser Sangre' seeks to question and explore how the family is traditionally represented in family photo albums, reflecting on the reasons why the images contained in these containers of intimate visual memory always tend to look the same. Collections of frozen smiles predominate, to the detriment of other moments, much more frequent in any family’s day-to-day activities.
‘Ser Sangre’ is co-published by Here Press, RM & Cuadernos de la Kursala." (publisher's note, 2014)

”'Ser Sangre’ is a visual totem that shows who we are as a family, how we see ourselves, and how we interact: a sort of collective definition of ourselves," (© Inaki DOMINGO)

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Spanish description:
"'Ser Sangre' se configura como un tótem visual colectivo en el que los miembros de la familia Domingo dejan constancia de cómo se ven y cómo se representan a sí mismos. El proyecto revisa y cuestiona la tradición de la representación de la familia en el álbum de familia. 
'Ser Sangre' es un proyecto fotográfico de Iñaki DOMINGO realizado en colaboración con todos los miembros de su familia, y surge con la voluntad de que todos ellos participasen en la toma de decisiones, desde la ideación hasta la formalización final de un proyecto fotográfico que acabaría convirtiéndose en libro y exposición.
En un segundo nivel Ser Sangre trata de cuestionar y revisar cómo la familia es representada tradicionalmente en los álbumes familiares, y propone un fotolibro organizado al compás de un ritmo caótico y sincopado, el flujo natural de la vida familiar, mezclando en él todo tipo de situaciones y elementos cotidianos.

About the photographer, Iñaki Domingo (b. 1978 in Madrid):
Inaki DOMINGO is a photographer and editor. His work, produced as a member of the collective NOPHOTO, has received the Premio Injuve de Fotografía and the PhotoEspaña 'Revelation' Award.
He has received fellowships to participate in programs such as Estancias para Jóvenes Artistas and Mº de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales, as well as the Joop Swart Masterclass of the World Press Photo Foundation. He has curated international exhibitions at Krakow Photomonth 2013 and PhotoEspaña 2014. He is a Professor at IED Madrid and LENS Escuela de Artes Visuales.