Les Devoirs (los deberes), words in french and spanish that mean both homework and duty, is a self published homemade photobook about my experience as a private french teacher, a temporary work that lasted in today’s Spain: the Spain of the recession, in which you never knows what tomorrow will be made of, and adults have to educate themselves for a job or to acquire extra skills, just in case… Two of my students are portrayed in those ambiguous, transitional spaces, where they live, work and study at the same time. The objects I photographed, the materials I used evoke both conventional workplaces and educational ressources, its consequences on the way we live and learn: the feeling of being disposable, the culture of results and success, the repetition and finally, the weariness.
Julie Delabarre, France, 1984.
Educated as as a Hispanic philologist from Toulouse II University and photography from Blank Paper School in Madrid, she works as a freelance photographer, translator and writer for several medias and agencies. She had the opportunity of showing her photographic and video projects in the Planche(s) Contact photo festival in Deauville, the Festival de Cine PNR de Madrid, the CurtoCircuito Festival or participate in several open calls organized by collectives and institutions such as PhotoEspaña, FIEBRE, Fotoaplauso or the Photobook Club Madrid. Les Devoirs (los deberes) is her first self published photobook.