Spanish artist Pere Ibañez releases new photography book, The Leftlovers Date: March 18, 2012
Pere Ibañez will release his new series on domestic violence through his recently published book, The Leftlovers. The book will be available April 10 in print through major retailers, such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc., and the digital ebook version may be found on Apple’s iBookstore. Pieces from this new series have already been featured in exhibitions in Asia, Europe, and the US. Upcoming solo exhibitions will be held in April in Madrid and June in China, the last in collaboration with NGO Peace for Humanity to raise donation funds for victims of domestic violence. An international clutch of artists and models also contributed to the production of the series. The central theme of The Leftlovers is the dark side of love: heartbreak, abuse, dependence, and obsession. Anyone, regardless of gender or orientation, can be either victim or aggressor. The collection explores both specific social events and universal tales of tragedy. The book is meant to loosely narrate a story of abuse developing within intimate relationships, a descent into hopelessness, and then finally breaking the chains that bind the subjects to the devastating realities they have been living in and even previously blind to. While the images themselves are extreme and explicit, the ultimate message is to give hope to the abused and empower them to fight for their freedom and self-respect. This ending is not to be taken as Hollywood optimism but rather a realistic outcome — it is possible to survive and start a new life free of violence. Originally from Barcelona, Spain, Pere Ibañez majored in film making and screenwriting. In February 2010, just two months after releasing his first 3 photographs, Ibañez received his first award in New York and eventually topped the sales charts. His first photographic collection, EneME, has been released in 22 countries to date. He currently lives in Beijing, China, where he takes most of his photographs.