The Kids Are Right

“Every society grows over its sewers. Every system tries to sideline that which is detested, what scares, and grows abroad without any control. Drugs, poverty and crime have been sleeping diseases in daily life of a neighborhood born on hundred shacks. Erected with neighbors hands, hated and loved by those who face it every day and suffer it, Orcasur streets remain into lights and shadows. Foreign people are trespassed by a feeling of forlornness: closed premises, over owing garbage cans and people walking aimlessly, without schedules, without watch... It is the vacuity routine of missing mornings and afternoons smoking in the shadow. A sense of “déjà vu” for those facing each passing day like the previous one. Then phobias come into being and anger to what they own but do not get. This way expectation rises”.

Aquellos Que Esperan is collective and multi-format project in constant development documenting life in the Orcasur district of Madrid, since October 2012.

In this period of work we have approached the urban planning, analyzing the architectural model and its impact in population. We have compiled archive material and information about Orcasur origins, when it was just a shanty settlement and how it mutated to a neighborhood. We have investigated too the different social crisis suffered, heroin and crime, and the actual recession with changes in adjacent industry and the increase in the number of unemployed.

We have translated these experiences to our own language, comparing individual and place. All this to nd out how and why Orcasur is, making a neighborhood scan which allows to set up a rst point of departure and continue with a long hauls multidisciplinary work, where photography is a crucial feature but where the driving forces are investigation and social development.

Relying on photography, video, audio recording and wording, and based on the opportunities offered by different production and exhibition formats, we seek to create a new narrative code by means of development and investigation in the space of present day new documentary style.