Guillaume Darribau (Spain)


Over the last few years there is a growing uneasiness on Spain's streets. From the smallest to the largest, from the most non-violent to the most aggressive- protests across the country are multiplying. 

Members of all the different social classes are participating- victims of the mortgage bubble, pensioners, students, the unemployed, public sector employees, immigrants, and unions. These different people are coming together to critique the current political and economic system. 

Politicians responsible for austerity measures, and the banking industry are the preferred targets of the public's rage. As the situation continues to deteriorate, it is increasingly difficult for many families sustain to their day-to-day lives. 

While many understand the protests as a remedy, one has to wonder how much real effect they are having on challenging the status quo.

Perhaps the only remedies are the demonstrations and solidarity, but could they  change things? 

It doesn't seem as though there is much hope the political and economic situation will improve. But the protests continue. And in some form, they are bringing back lost notions of solidarity and political conscience. 

As the Spanish welfare state falls apart, people seem to be finding each other.

Yet, perhaps the real enemy to overcome is fatalism itself.


Guillaume Darribau was born in 1978 in Perpignan (France) . He studied photography at the school E.T.P.A (France).

He is particularly interested in the development of long-term documentary projects focusing on social, political and anthropological issues.

Through his work, he tries to understand, analyze and question the contradictions of our world in turmoil and transition.

Its different reports, "Foreclosed City" (transition in the neighbourhood of Ciutat Meridiana-Barcelona), "Obiang Land" (dictatorship in Equatorial Guinea), "Tension" (visions in a changing Istanbul) or even "Reset" (Spanish streets in boils) have the same intention, showed men and women from their side of the issues of contemporary dignity.

Without giving answers, he tries by his vision and his attention even to a grain of sand, to gain understanding of the world that surrounds us.

In 2011, he participated to the creation of the collective "Fractures Photo", with Anderson Barbosa, Oscar B. Castillo, Nora Mesen and William Sands.

His work has been published in 'Le Monde', "Der Siegel", "Newsweek", "Internazionale", "Courrier International", "Africa", "Focus" Magazine.