Pep Bonet and the Lost Generation
The photographer Pep Bonet has built a universal story that recounts lack and absence, portraits looks and bodies with an identity, and thus it stays with you, written on the walls of the soul. This book is the visual report of a drama without heart-wrenching roar; while being a poetic contemporary tableau, a work of art –with pictures– on every page. Away from morbid curiosity or brashness the author lights up darkness, illuminating victims, witnesses, ancestors and descendants, all innocent, as ever subjected to the one big character–the enemy–as ever invisible.
This journey through snapshots –identification and location footnoted– talks about particular stories, individual episodes, collective matters, and family scenes referring to something brutal (and global) happening to the people; H.I.V/AIDS. Marks in every face showing the struggle to fight and stop it, the active hope to survive, and the traces of those who left after lost battles and the voids created once and once again. Mentioning the plague or the epidemic would be empty