Funermostra, the international fair for funeral products and services, to be held between 20 and 22 October at Feria Valencia, will include among its offer of side events an exhibition of the photojournalist Álvaro Ybarra Zabala.
It is a sample based on a selection of photographs taken during the most difficult moments of the pandemic, which aims to show the experience of death in the times of covid-19 through the work of the funeral sector, that has barely had visibility during these difficult months. The objective, according to Ybarra, "Is to offer applause for the sector that has not received, a recognition of all the effort that the sector has developed quietly and without being recognized ".
This exhibition is part of a global project called "Story of an expired immortality", consisting of fifty images and which is posed with "a memory of what has been lived", in the words of its author, for whom “the virus has shown that it does not understand ideologies, neither of creed nor of social condition, teaching us that we are vulnerable and that our lives have changed ". After its presence at Funermostra, the exhibition can be visited in the city of Valencia.
Álvaro Ybarra Zabala is a documentary photographer and filmmaker who has worked in more than 40 countries in key tasks for TIME magazine, New York Times, The world, Release, Newsweek, Sunday Times Magazine, CNN, Vanity Fair, XLWEKLY and many others. He was born in Bilbao in 1979, started his career in photography while in college. He joined Agence Vu in 2005 y Reportage by Getty Images en 2009.
He has published five books: Macondo, memories of the Colombian conflict (2017), Apocalypse (2010) Sons of grief (2006) and exhibited his work internationally, winning numerous awards, including the Over Seas Press Club, the special prize of the Alexia Foundation jury. The World Press Photo JSMC or the Getty Scholarship for Editorial Photography, inter alia.