Javier Álvarez (Santiago de Chile, 1988) is an award-winning documentary photographer whose focus is on social issues regarding identity and resistance.
Founder and Editor in Chief of www.mud-magazine.com, an online magazine that promotes the work of emerging photographers internationally.
In 2016, Alvarez was awarded the Portfolio Prize and exhibited his show "Predio (Marconi)" at the Valparaiso International Photography Festival (FIFV).
Alvarez's work has been exhibited and published in Chile, Mexico, Spain and Brazil.
Currently based in Boulder, CO - USA.
2016 - 1º Portfolio Prize, 2015 - International Reportage, 2016 - Nominated for Rodrigo Rojas de Negri grant, 2015 - Joop Swart Masterclass
We met us in Chile by pure coincidence. The first impression was pretty good, the second one was even better, and the third, a train trip in between Istanbul and Warsaw.
We are still traveling…
The Itaquera's squat was settled on the east side of São Paulo - Brazil, just at 3 kilometers from the Arena Corinthians Soccer Stadium (a building with a cost of production nearby to 2.5 billion USD.). On this empty piece of land, 2000 people in a homeless situation, squatted these territories and lived in extremely precarious conditions, struggling for urgent housing solutions and calling all the attention from the international media during the celebration of the Brazilian version of the FIFA World Cup in 2014.
During the nineties, the working class and social groups began squatting in abandoned buildings in São Paulo’s (Brazil) downtown. Today, there are more than 40 different movements throughout the country, of families, immigrants and/or workers squatting in hundreds of abandoned properties.
On the thirteen floors of the Marconi squat, nearly four hundred people are waiting for a dignified housing solution. Within it, the notion of home (a space of emotional relationships and identity), becomes fleeting because of memories and expectations of a more stable future. Marconi is a place where life stories share common experiences of nostalgia and loss.