Felipe Romero Beltrán – Dialect
The poetics of documentary, performance, and choreography combine to politically interrogate the dead time of bureaucracy for young migrants stuck in the Spanish legal system.
Dialect covers three years of state violence for nine young Moroccan migrants exiled in Kafka-esque limbo in Seville, southern Spain. When underage migrants enter the country illegally and cannot be verified as adults, their custody remains in the hands of the state – subjecting them to a lengthy process of up to three years to gain legal status.
In this state of suspension and liminality, Beltrán engages with the body as a metaphor: using a carefully articulated language between photography, performance and collaboration, the weight of dead time is registered upon the shoulders of these young men, entering into dialogue with their memories, journeys, and the humiliating mundanity of waiting and migration. Alongside video works and choreographed dance, Dialect breaks new documentary ground to shine a critical light on practices of bureaucratic oppression.
- Felipe Romero Beltrán (b. 1992) is a Colombian photographer based in Madrid, Spain. Beltrán focuses on social issues, dealing with the tension that new narratives introduce in the field of documentary photography. His practice, characterized by its interest in social matters, is the result of long-term projects accompanied by extensive research on the subject.
Beltrán is currently completing a PhD in photography at the Complutense University of Madrid. His series Dialect is the winner of the 2022 Aperture Portfolio Prize.
176 pages, 21 x 30 cm, 70 colour plates
Section-sewn open spine softcover
With texts in English and Spanish by Caterina Borelli, Albert Corbí, Youssef Elhafidi, Zakaria Mourachid and Ricardo Quesada
Edited by Loose Joints Studio & Felipe Romero Beltrán
Designed and Published by Loose Joints Studio
LJ183, April 2023
Nominated for PhotoBook of the Year, the 2023 Aperture–Paris Photo PhotoBook Awards
Winner of the 2023 Paul Huf Award
- New Yorker
- The Guardian
- New York Magazine
- Le Monde
- W Magazine
- Creative Review
- Zeit (in German)
- Another Mag
- World Press Photo
- British Journal of Photography
- El Pais (in Spanish)
- Konbini (in French)
- Book launches Thursday 20 April, Yvon Lambert Paris, and Friday 21 April 2023, Terranova, Barcelona