Living in their boats on the water, the Bajau people are known as sea gypsies – stateless, free, and living in complete harmony with nature. Even so, progress found its way.
The Spanish photographer Guillem Valle has seen a BBC documentary about this particular ethnic group by chance. „It was the time when I was considering various approaches to my long-term project on stateless people around the world. These different groups all strive for one thing in common – the recognition of their identity. I've thought a lot about this connection between identity and a physical place and it always brings me back to the same question: is it necessary to establish frontiers and raise flags to be aware of who you really are?”
Find the whole story and an interview with Guillem Valle in LFI 5/2014, available June 27th.