Julian Sander shows Alfredo Srur’s “Heridas” for the first time in Europe
The photo series “Heridas” by the Argentinian photographer Alfredo Srur will be exhibited for the very
first time in Europe as part of the festival EMOP Berlin - the European Month of Photography 2016, and
further at Galerie Julian Sander in Cologne, opening on October 22.
Latin America is often described as one of the most violent regions in the world. Reasons for criminality and
violence are complex, yet the urban areas characterized by their lack of law and order are specifically prone
to outbreaks of violence — from the bottom up and top down. The same is true for San Fernando, a district
on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. In 2002, Srur was invited by a human rights activist to visit the
neighborhood, 30 km away from the city center. There, on February 6th 1999, a 17 years old boy was
murdered by the police inside his own house. The kid was known as “El Frente Vital”, and he was praised for
being an outlaw that turned his awareness of social justice into action by helping the poor. Driven by a mix
of curiosity and fascination, Srur spent the next eight years of his life investigating what’s been alien to him,
the social codes and dynamics of the neighborhood. There he met Carlos, a gang leader and “Vital’s” best
friend. Carlos is the protagonist of this series; the photographer’s alter ego. He invited Srur to become part
of his world and to experience life through his eyes. Srur’s photographs explore the complex reality of
people living on the edge of society, in an attempt to demystify the common assumptions about marginality.
They are the result of an encounter between two sides of Argentinian society that were never supposed to
come together. With an outstanding sense for composition and light, Alfredo Srur tells a story of broken
toys, broken dreams and tenderness that pervades the shadows of shantytown.
Alfredo Srur was born in Buenos Aires in 1977. He studied film production at the University of California,
where he first came into contact with photography. He attended a photography workshop held by Jorge
Saenz from 1999 to 2001 and has been studying at Eduardo Gil’s Photographic Aesthetics Workshop in 2005.
For 16 years he has been developing documentary projects in Colombia, Honduras, Ecuador, Argentina and
Peru. In 2013 he acquired the photographic archive of Harry Grant Olds, one of the most important
photographers working in Latin America in the beginning of the 20th Century. Two years later he founded
the Centro de Investigación Fotográfico Histórico Argentino (Cifha) in his hometown Buenos Aires where
Srur lives and works.