He began his artistic career with video art and photography at the beginning of the 90s, exploring other disciplines such as painting, sculpture and performance. In 2004 and the beginning of the degree in Social Anthropology, his interest turns to the social documentary formats, approaching ethnographic cinema and visual anthropology in its various variations (participatory documentary, ethno-fiction and photo-ethnography), where find a space to experiment with new narratives between the visual arts and the social sciences.

His work revolves around artistic production within the theoretical space of anthropology, where he insists on the importance of collective imaginaries as producers of identities, a relationship he defends with the capacity of visual anthropology to establish a framework for reflection on the look from the social sciences through the image.

During his art residence in Jiwar, he research the urban spaces that thanks to the will, effort and cohesion of different neighborhood movements in Sants and La Bordeta, have been recovered from the real estate speculation that has hit the city of Barcelona in recent years. Spaces subjected to the different mutations of the Metropolitan General Plan for decades as the case of Can Batlló or plots that have gone through the hands of construction companies, bad banks and bankrupt real-estate as L’Horta Alliberada and L’Hortet de La Farga, until that the neighbors reconverted those places into territories of coexistence, learning and reciprocity of neighborly relations. Through participation, interviews and the photography, he wants to document the collective memory that has woven the strength of the neighbors to build community spaces in their neighborhoods with their own language between visual anthropology and artistic creation.

Isidor Fernandez lives in Sabadell, graduated in graphic design from the Llotja school in Barcelona and the Fonderie de l’Image in Paris. He continued his training in the postgraduate course in History and Aesthetics of Cinematography at the University of Valladolid and graduated in Fine Arts and Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Barcelona.

Since 2005 he is editor of the Archive of Visual Anthropology and is part of the Research Group in Anthropology and Artistic Practices (GRAPA) of the University of Barcelona and #Collex, a network of collaboration for the ethnography experimentation of the EASA (European Association of social Anthropology).

You can follow his work on his website www.isidorfernandez.net and social networks Instagram @isidorfernandez  and Flickr .

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