GB. England. 2017. Subida al Cielo.
"Subida al Cielo", deals with the spreading on the consumption of spice, a chemical drug used by homeless people in Bristol. The work is motivated by the need of challenging the stereotypical image related to homelessness and drug addiction.
The sharp rise of people sleeping rough in the streets of Bristol is clearly visible when living in the city. Currently, more than 2000 people are homeless, and a large percentage of those are consuming a new drug known as spice. Classified in the past as a legal high, it has become illegal after learning of the bodily harm and addiction it can cause. It affects the body’s central nervous system, provoking difficulty breathing, rapid heart rate, shakes, sweats and nausea. With time,
the effects are paralysis of the body and uncon- sciousness, a reason why has become epidemic among the homeless, ‘it puts you to sleep’.
The work is motivated by the impossibility of ignoring the increasing amount of rough sleepers and spice users -also known as zombies- and the subsequently need to challenge the ways in which homelessness and drug addiction has been perpetually portrayed in Western mass media. My objective is to explore new strategies that allow a look behind that stereotype, and to remove the dangerous separation between us. Informed by the historic problematics in the representation of pain through the photographic medium, as a means to make suffering comprehensible.