13084 The House of the good life

April 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

by Guillaume Pinon
with Asociación de Integración de la Comunidad Gitana de la Palma-Palmilla
Málaga, Spain

The misfits, addicts, those who are left in the corners leaving them death comes, the homeless, the sick soul … live and console in the House of the Good Life in a strange, almost surreal harmony, something like a utopia that allows them to return to what is commonly called ‘normal life’.

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The report

It is difficult to find the “House of the Good Life.” To reach it is necessary, first of all, cross one of the most deeply impoverished and marginal Malaga city, “La Palma-Palmilla.” Once we did that, we identify a small steep winding road that is indistinguishable from its destination.
However, those who dare to venture into this rugged dirt path are not lost or do random. They know that a 15 minute walk up, out of breath, it’s worth.
Before that there was the “House of Good Living” these people had no where to go. The society had excluded and deliberately closed his eyes to his presence. Whether porsu dependence on drugs or alcohol, because they were abandoned without any support on the streets or as a result of the severe economic crisis that has affected so many inSpain, these people are in the “House of Good Living” their shelter.
In the “House of the Good Life” have found a home, a bed, food, a place paraatender to personal cleanliness and, most important, others with whom to share the day to day.
People whose past unites them, accompany them in regaining their dignity, animándolesy supporting them in moments of weakness.
In exchange, but also as a tool to restore those who come vapuleadosy battered, the forgotten of yesterday must participate actively in the tasks cuotidianasde the “House of the Good Life.”
According to his own will, some will come back from the idea that their lives precise estánlejos from over, having reassembled his integrity as a person. Others leave the house to return to his old life.
This selection of black and white images allow me to make known the existence of this unusual place and the people who pass through it.
However, there are always different ways to reveal a reality.
Instead of following these people in their daily activities related to their social and economic reintegration, I preferred to introduce in the privacy of this house and its occupants. The human aspect of the project has been imposed, therefore, on a more descriptive ydistante front of the subject.
My intention has been to know the stories of those who inhabit the “House of Good Living” above all. Identify your anxieties and concerns once they are there, their routines,
the spaces they inhabit, their beds, their meals … in order to translate them into my photographs.
So I try to evoke the themes of suffering, loneliness, insecurity … to get to a more radiant as joy, religion, mutual aid … is my most sincere way to illustrate the need for aid for the project “House of the Good Life” can continue to support all those who are left with nothing.

The author

Guillaume Pinon is a documentary photographer born in Paris in 1974, but has spent over half his life in countries like USA, England or Spain, where he currently resides in the city of Malaga. In 2012, Guillaume has completed a Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, with Distinction rating. Using the camera always has been for him a means to explore, learn and document the lives of those who are “outside” of society. Since arriving in Malaga in 2008, Guillaume worked in highly complex and close to him, as childhood disability and immigration. Recently, with the project “(Module 9)”, has explored the daily life of inmates on remand in prison in Malaga. Finally, in April 2012, some of its current photographs received considerable attention in the media being published on the front page of a newspaper and also appearing in the news of a national television channel.

The project

aims to prevent social exclusion and poverty through the active participation of the people involved in these pathways and support from people who have been in these situations.
This responsibility creates tools and strategies to enhance their assets and move away these routes.

Users are involved from project conception to implementation and evaluation as collaborators and correspondents.

The project gives priority to the relationship in which they exchanged “knowledge”, a working relationship and trust in which users are considered as responsible persons.
Prevention becomes a pretext for the meeting, and are at risk for both parties.

The main point to note in this initiative is the changing dynamics of the intervention:
move from a logic that is to convince people of the existence of a problem and how to avoid it, to a logic according to which, from a fact recognized and identified as a problem by the users themselves can build a joint .
It is a complex and continuous process, without becoming repetitive.

The House of the Good Life, located on a plot of ten acres in rural poorest district of the city of Malaga, is the cross-project of the Association of the Integration of the Roma community of Palma-Palmilla.
The Association is an unstoppable growth in both the number of shares as the quality and quantity of the same. Despite its name (Roma Integration) in the Association accommodates people of all backgrounds: Maghreb, sub-Saharan Africans, Romanians, bumpkins … and of course Gypsies.
We started with sports and the distribution of food and we have continued to support classes, combat truancy, social intervention conindigentes and so on. Write the journalist Juan Navarro in “Málaga Hoy” on the Association: ‘In the activity log and snacks cast listed entity names of all kinds of cultures. “Why were so many Spanish before and now there are so many foreigners?, I recently asked a child,” recalls Chule (founder of the House). The answer led to laréplica: “We are all people, do not want ghettos, but all children are friends regardless of their origin.” ‘

The entity

The Association for the Integration of the Roma community of Palma-Palmilla established in Street Cabriel No. 15 under C of Malaga and CIF: G-92885250 is registered in the Municipal Register of Associations of Malaga with the number 2006, and the Register of Associations of Andalusia with the number 7680 of the first section.


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