Text by Jorge Molinero
First Edition of 500
200 x 300 mm
Bitter Sweet Soft is a series of environmental portraits of Saharawi people, an ethnic group originally from Western Sahara, living in the refugee camps of Tinduf, Algeria, in the middle of the desert since 1975.
The project titles ‘Bitter Sweet Soft’ is the name of the ritual of pouring tea practiced by the Saharawi people.
“They drink three cups of tea: the first is bitter like life, the second is sweet like love, the third is soft like death”
Bitter sweet soft focuses on the daily life in the refugee camps, where a strong sense of unity arises based on the pillar of the family. In this way, the Saharawi people reinforce their identity, forging, day by day, through their values, a feeling of belonging, trying to blur the scars that mark their lives.
In the inhospitable land of the desert its inhabitants rise up to rebel against the condemnation of oblivion. They shout, in a harsh voice, that there are still forces to continue fighting.
The union of the Saharawi community opens our eyes to illuminate a scenario where the human being sees his essence elevated thanks to the noblest values that emerge from within him.
About the Publisher
LUMÍNIC is the photography festival of Sant Cugat del Vallès that since 2019 has promoted author photography. LUMÍNIC invades Sant Cugat del Vallès transforming it into a meeting point for photography lovers. It embraces the city to study the photographic fact, generating new spaces of knowledge and reflection, with an inclusive and participatory nature. With an opening week and two months of activity, a complete program is displayed, with exhibitions, talks, workshops and round tables. Vehiculated in a new central thread every year, visitors will be able to enjoy established and emerging authors, both national and international. LUMÍNIC is a platform that works all year round, generating synergies with other cultural agents for the promotion of photography.