SOFIA VALIENTE – MIRACLE VILLAGE
Daniel Blau is pleased to present Sofia Valiente, this year’s 1st Prize Winner (Portraits, Stories) of the 58th World Press Photography contest. Miracle Village, first exhibited at Daniel Blau in London, is a provocative exploration into the secluded lives of the socially excluded in a purpose-built community located on the outskirts of a rural town in an impoverished area of Palm Beach County, Florida.
Miracle Village houses sex offenders, who, due to the stringent legislation, are unable to find housing, since the laws ensure them to reside at least 1,000 feet from any place where children congregate. Thanks to Valiente, these outcasts, whose lives are forcibly connected by their offences and shared stigma, have for the first time been given a voice and identity.
The undeniable artistic merits of the Miracle Village project lie not only in the exquisite photographic compositions, but in their candid portrayal of the feared and ostracised. The photographs, which are both captivating and unsettling, are accompanied by equally striking stories in a critically-acclaimed book available at our booth throughout the fair. The limited number of signed copies, first published by the Italian artist residency program Fabrica in 2014, offers insight into offenders’ handwritten testimonies.
Daniel Blau gallery is honoured to welcome Sofia Valiente to our stand for the duration of AIPAD.