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Summer's Almost Gone . Alex Llovet

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Over the last decade, Alex Llovet's work has been structured around two main themes: identity and memory. Exploring the photobook as a format for conceptualising and presenting his projects, which are increasingly centred on his immediate environment - his partner, his children and the territory he inhabits - he has managed to generate a universe of his own in which the photographic document and the poetic image intertwine and constantly question each other.

 
Is it possible to long for something that is still happening? This is the starting point of Summer's Almost Gone, a hundred images taken during the summers of 2016 to 2021 in different places in England and Spain, which make up his particular family album of summer holidays. In these periods of contact with nature, synonymous with freedom, discovery and play, but also with challenges, growth and confrontation with one's own ghosts, Llovet appeals to the transience of life while questioning the limitations of photographic practice in the face of the frustration of not being able to be both actor and spectator at the same time.

 
If memory constructs the autobiographical narrative from unconnected fragments, filling in the gaps with our imagination, the editing of this work, more sensorial than reasoned, does the same through 24 sequences structured in the form of quadriptychs of images that behave like vertical frames of a fake documentary, that of the author's life. After six years of work and five different models, this book is the formal culmination of a poetic and conceptual investigation in which the layout evokes the functioning of memory itself: veiled images, moments that we barely remember, pages that the reader must unfold to peek into the windows of the past.

 
Accompanying the images, the poetic prose of the writer Lara Moreno puts herself in the photographer's shoes to weave a subtle parallel narrative from the vestiges of those summers.

Summer's Almost Gone . Alex Llovet

Specifications
First edition: 600 copies
Photographs, concept and editing: Alex Llovet
Text: Lara Moreno (in Spanish and English)
Design: underbau
Pre-printing: Josep Maria de Llobet
15 x 22 cm
94 tritone photographs
216 pages (24 fold-out pages)
Printed by: Grafilur
Swiss hardback binding with paper-covered hardcover with exposed spine
Publication date: July 2022

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