This is a collective portrait of Alamà’s generation of companions. They appear absent-minded, in the middle of a landing between stairs, as if they do not know which way to go, whether to go up, down, or stand still. The work is an allegory of the sense of frustration of an entire generation who, just after finishing their studies, saw how the economy of the West collapsed, how the opportunities for decent work vanished, and how the pretense of the bonanza of the end of the century vanished in the face of the challenges of the new millennium. It portrays a generation that stood naked on the landing of history, that withdrew into itself, disoriented, under the sad shelter of a cold, artificial, fluorescent light. However, one of the characters looks towards the upper flight of stairs. He knows that even barefoot or blind, he has to go on climbing, go on living, and find his way.
Winner of the Figurativa’s 11 competition organised by the Fundación de las Artes y los Artistas in conjunction with the MEAM in Barcelona.