Felipe Romero Beltrán

Felipe Romero Beltrán, Spain

“For me, the concept ‘Reset’ involves subjects that are already present in my practice as a photographer. The process of migration is a reset itself, not only for the person who migrates but also for the culture that the person will be involved in.”

Felipe Romero Beltrán is a Colombian visual artist based in Madrid, Spain.

“Felipe Romero successfully manages to tell stories that might have been told before, in a very original, authentic, lyrical and metaphorical way, balancing documentary and poetic approaches in a perfect way. Both his projects Magdalena and Reduccion are great examples of this. His investigative work is perfectly planned and executed, using different tools and approaches to share this message,” said Eefje Ludwig, independent advisor, curator, educator and Joop Swart Masterclass nominator.

In his 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass project, Felipe Romero Beltrán studies the processes of identity-building and self-representation of a community of young undocumented migrants in Seville, Spain, an important transit point for migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea looking to reach northern Europe. Migration laws are severe for migrants who arrive in Spain without documentation. Seville, despite being a city of passage, houses a large African community. For young migrants who have recently crossed the Mediterranean, building their identity and integrating into a new society are a complex task.

2020 Joop Swart Masterclass

For the first time, due to the current global health crisis, the Joop Swart Masterclass is taking place online over a period of four months, and 24 participants and eight masters have been selected to make the program more inclusive.

The educational experience of the Joop Swart Masterclass is based on an assignment to produce a photo essay around a given theme. This year the theme is ‘Reset’.

“For me, the concept ‘Reset’ involves subjects that are already present in my practice as a photographer. The process of migration is a reset in itself, not only for the person who migrates but also for the culture that the person will be involved with. These are long term processes. It will take time to see the whole impact of migration in Europe in the last 20 years. For now, I am trying to establish a map around it that also helps me to build my own relation as a migrant in Spain,”  said Romero Beltrán.

From July to October 2020, the participants will work on their projects and receive mentorship and guidance from the mentors. The final projects will be presented on 29 October 2020. Learn more about the 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass