Published by lamaindonne editions, “Siempre que” is a book by the young photographer Celine Croze.
“Siempre que estemos vivos nos veremos”
“As long as we are alive we will see each other”
That was the last sentence Yair said to me. We were on the azotea (roof) of block 11, the mist enveloped Caracas, the mad noise of the city sounded like a dirge. It was a bullet in my heart. The consciousness of one’s own end had something terrible and sublime at the same time. Everything was said. The urgency of life, the fascination with death, the collapse of the country.
The extreme violence and absurdity of the situation gave the impression that life was just a game.
I remembered two days earlier the gallina (cockfighting arena). The smell of blood mixed with rum and sweat, the cries of rage, the excitement of each man. An impalpable trance intoxicated the arena. As if we were all crazy. As if blood, death and power made one feel more alive.
The chaotic energy of the city reverberated through each fight like a dance that unfolds, stays, and cries helplessly.
A month later, Yair was shot. He was 27 years old.
My wanderings in Latin America were crossed by other striking encounters. Like those fighting roosters, I saw beings dancing and clinging to disorder. I found there each time this same insolent sensuality, like a furious provocation, like an adolescent cry amused by danger, condemned and free.
Celine Croze : Siempre que
Published by Editions Lamaindonne
size: 18 x 24 cm
50 four-color photographs
hardcover – Swiss binding
Sale price: 35 euros