The Riverbed: Ben Murphy
Exhibition, Architectural Association, London, UK.
In a remote mountainous area of southeast Spain, multinational, non-conformist individuals live out their versions of paradise in ephemeral, loosely bound communities. There, people choose migration to facilitate an ideology, in an attempt to escape We ern society rather than join it. In this landscape, distinct countercultural groups exist in hard to find places – along the banks of an infertile riverbed, in ravines, and off mountain passes, in relative proximity to each other. These photographs, made during extended trips over a 10-year period, show how international neo-nomadic countercultures are represented, reinforced, and maintained through the customised trucks, vans, coaches, and self-made dwellings they inhabit.