Stay at Home
The impact of the COVID-19 became evident in Europe in March 2020, when various countries closed their borders and implemented the first lockdowns. Faced with the imminent limitations of the photographic world during the months of isolation, Yana Wernicke and Jonas Feige decided to create the Stay at Home website, an online platform where photographers in lockdown all over the world could hold visual conversations. More than a thousand people from 62 countries expressed their interest in participating in the initiative, with 340 dialogues published over the three months of the call.
The visual correspondence between Raisa Galofre and Eva Gjaltema is one of the conversations that took place on that website. The images that make up the series refer to their daily life, where domestic objects and space –as well as the day-to-day situations of everyday existence– construct a visual narrative that they created remotely but collaboratively. Stylistic and thematic relationships form the basis of this visual exchange, which can be seen in the windows of the Getxo Post Office.
Raisa Galofre is a Colombian-Caribbean artist, photographer and researcher based in Berlin, Germany. She holds a degree in Communication Sciences and Journalism from the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla (COL) and a M.A in Photography from the University of Arts and Design Burg Giebichenstein Halle (DE). Her photographic work includes a visual exploration of the Latin American magic realism as a means to re-visit and question established narratives and constructs, representation of gender, identity and historical events by developing new non-western narratives. Her photography embraces the clash, mixture and encounter of the opposites: real, fantastic, rational and mythical elements, which she translates into staged photographs and photographic sculptures. Since 2017 she is part of the independent art space SAVVY Contemporary, where she works as a researcher and curatorial assistant.
Eva Gjaltema (Zwolle, 1979) has a Degree in Cultural Studies at the University of Amsterdam and a Bachelor of Photographic Design at the Royal Academy for the Visual Arts in The Hague. Through photographic techniques, collage or mixed media, she reflects on universal themes such as family, motherhood, the aging of the body or the loss of places and people from the autobiographical experience. Her work is to be found in the collection of the Fries Museum and in private collections through Seelevel Gallery (now Caroline O Breen Gallery) and Karianne Rienks Art Agency.