1. Spanish for ‘saltpeter,’ a saline substance, particularly abundant in soil and walls.
2. When sailing, the mixture of sweat and salt that sticks to the skin.
3. A street in the Lavapiés neighborhood (Madrid), where twelve Senegalese immigrants lived in an overcrowded house.
4. A collective photography and publishing experience, resulting in a box of 12+1 books.
  • Making-of by Aqaba Media on SALITRE project  for the publishing-house PHREE and the program Art for Change of La Caixa Foundation
  • “We live as on a boat: we have a lot of time and very little space.”
    Bamba, 13:48 h, 16 June 2009

    4 0 ° 2 4 ‘ 3 3 ” N / 3 ° 4 1 ‘ 5 6 ” O
    12 men
    50 m2
  • Ababacar
  • Alioune
  • Assane
  • Bamba
  • Daouda
  • Djibril
  • Ibrahima G.
  • Ibrahima N.
  • Lamine
  • Modou
  • Momar
  • Thiam
  • The last night before eviction
  • Lost objects
A box that contains 12+1 books, one made by each of the twelve inhabitants featuring their photographs, drawings, words and documents (ID cards, passports, official letters, papers…). and the thirteenth book explaining the project with some texts and images taken exclusively by me inside the overcrowded house until its eviction (interiors, portraits, objects, daily life…).

12 stapled + 1 softcover
12 x 16 + 80 = 264 pages
220 x 280 x 80 mm. (box)

Edition, photos and words: Juan Valbuena
Design: Jaime Narváez
Pre-press: Eduardo Nave
Printing: AG Palermo
Binding: Ramos

PHREE, 2014

Visible but Sold Out at:
PHREE/book-salitre

90 €