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Based in Madrid, Óscar Monzón (1981) founded the Blank Paper collective in 2003 and developed different projects since then. In 2006 he received a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Culture to conclude the project Las Puertas de París and in 2011 he was finalist in PHotoEspaña´s Descubrimientos award. After five years of work, he completed the series Karma, a work about the relationship between man and machine for which he received the First Book Award of Paris Photo - Aperture Foundation in 2013. He says about his work: «The title is Maya and it refers to the Sanskrit term which is translated as illusion or unreality. I had this idea: When you look at something through a camera and then translate it into an image, spaces can become scenarios and people or situations can be seen as performers or staged moments. Based on that I started to work taking street pictures and trying to find the influence of advertising fictions on reality. At the same time I took pictures directly from billboards and I put these together with the “real” pictures to allow a dialogue (…) like a boomerang game».

Marc Roig Blesa
(1981) lives and works in Amsterdam and Barcelona. He graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (the Netherlands, 2009) after obtaining a Master’s Degree with Committee Praise at the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles (France, 2005). Between 2010 and 2013 Roig Blesa has been honoured with two young artist development grants from the Mondriaan Fonds in The Netherlands. Roig Blesa’s work has been presented internationally in art centres, museums and art galleries. In the last few years, his work has focused on with «Werker Magazine», a publication about photography and labour. Marc Roig Blesa points out: «Its starting point is the Worker Photography Movement, a group of associations of amateur photographers that appeared in Germany in the 1920s, following the steps of the first socialist photography experiences in the USSR which extended into the rest of Europe, the United States, and Japan. Far from having a rhetorical approach to the work of these photographers, Werker takes an interest in their working methodologies, based on self-representation, self-publishing, image analysis, and collective learning processes. What forms does work take in post-Fordist societies? What representations of work are being produced today? Is it possible to activate collective practices of self-representation? To what end and for which audiences? Each issue of the publication is produced and distributed in a different context exploring strategies of interaction with specific audiences».

Over the past ten years, Raphaël Dallaporta (born 1980), who lives and works in Paris, has taken a photographic path that has gained international attention thanks to precise perspective and a single-minded approach. His long-term projects cover a wide range of human activities. He works in close cooperation with military demining teams (in Antipersonnel), lawyers (in Esclavage domestique), medical lawyers (in Fragile) or, most recently, archaeologists (in Ruins). His entire oeuvre to date follows a single direction: it diminishes the documentary quality of photography in favour of symbolic power. Since 2011 he has been very interested in human activities in space and aims to question the relationship with progress and memory. He has concentrated on the traces that the Symphonie project has left on Earth (e.g. reception antennae and satellite dishes), breaking the images up into many parts and putting them together again to form a complete picture. In doing so, Raphaël Dallaporta symbolises the fact that communication between humans repeatedly breaks down.

Madhuban Mitra (1972) and Manas Bhattacharya (1977) are based in Kolkata, India, and work together across a range of media including photography, video, animation and text. Madhuban studied English Literature and holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Manas studied cinematography after completing his M.A. in Comparative Literature. Their work has been shown in the Thessaloniki Photobiennale, Greece; Singapore International Photography Festival; Lalit Kala Akademi New Delhi and Chennai and Mumbai Art Room, India among others. The duo received the Skoda Breakthrough Artist Award for the best debut solo show in India in 2011. Regarding their work for the competition they state: «The ubiquity of photocopy (Xerox) shops is a unique phenomenon in India. Housed in dingy, cramped rooms tucked away in alleys, backstreets and squalid basements, life in these shops revolves in a loop around the whir of the Xerox machine. Constituting a micro-economy within the informal sector, the photocopy centres provide a livelihood to thousands of people. Operating outside legal parameters, dozens of books in their entirety are photocopied in the span of a day in a single shop, making them an indispensable, though invisible part of the knowledge industry».