Ire is a documentary photographer from Madrid, where she lives and works. She has a Master's degree in International Relations in the Diplomatic School of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain (2008) and a Bachelor's degree in Sociology in the Complutense University of Madrid (2005).
In 2017, her personal connection with Lithuania led her to embark on a long-term project, the analysis of ethnic minorities in the Baltic States and the understanding of the particular situation in each country, a trilogy approached from a sociological perspective and materialized through visual narrative.
Below, we talked to her about her career and inspirations:
For me, working from sociology is fundamental. I am interested in everything related to social processes, in particular how the post-Soviet society is structured in the Baltic countries powerfully draws my attention. My biggest source of inspiration is the research that answers the questions I ask myself.
The photography is the tool through which I express my concerns, it is the excuse for which I decide to embark on the research and development of topics that I need to understand, it is the key that opens new worlds for me and connects me with new people and their stories.
I am currently working on the second chapter of the trilogy that I started in 2017, the work is called ‘Aliens’. It is a documentary work where I investigate the situation of non-citizens in Latvia.
It has been a time to reconnect with myself, to stop and think, to review my file. Since I cannot go to the places where I locate my photography, I am also taking the opportunity to delve into the research stage.
I am currently combining the edition of the second chapter of my trilogy with the research work on the third chapter located in Estonia, where I am investigating the situation of post-Soviet ethnic minorities again.
Participating in this project has already been a fulfilled expectation, I have been able to know the variety of current European photography. It is also true that I hope I can go where my own means do not allow me.