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Ester Jové Soligue June 11, 2012

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Spain.

My Grandmother at 90. Lleida, Spain, 2008

Ester Jové Soligue (b.1978, Spain) moved to the United States and graduated from the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism program at the ICP.  Her work has been exhibited in Spain at The Center for Cultures and Cross-Border Cooperation Cappont Campus, Morera Museum, Mercat del Pla Museum, Pardinyes’ Contemporary Culture Centre, and also at ‘Visa off’ in Perpignan, France. In New York she has exhibited at the ICP and Studio 304. Her work has been published in the New York Times and Diagonal Newspaper. She received the ‘Ciudad de Gijón’ scholarship and has won a TV3 award that featured her work on Catalan television and published a group book called ‘Nuevas Miradas’. Ester is currently featured on the Emerging Talent roster of Reportage by Getty Images.

About the Photograph

“This picture is part of the series I made of my grandmother Carme during a visit to Spain in 2008. Carme and my grandfather Pere got married over sixty years ago in the postwar period. Two years later, they began building their own home on the land they worked on as farmers everyday of the year. My two older brothers and I grew up in that home. In 2004, their home was demolished to make space for a new housing development. She and her family had to move into a new house, forcing her to leave behind what she had built and fought for. Carme passed away nine months ago, at the age of 93.”