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    Kurtis watch TV in his room before to go to sleep at his parents house in Saint Denis. Saint Denis, Paris, Île-de-France province, France on November 13, 2012.
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    A group of friends hang out in the streets of CitÈ Saint Remy. Saint Denis, Paris, Île-de-France province, France on July 13, 2010.
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    A rapper sings in a Hip Hop festival in the annual festival of Hip Hop of Saint Denis. Saint Denis, Paris, Île-de-France province, France on November 28, 2006.
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    A group of men throw powerful firecrackers into an stolen car in order to burn it in the streets of Saint Denis on the National Day of France. As a sign of protest these firecrackers are used to throw against the police during the National Day of France and also in the revolts of the suburbs. Saint Denis, Paris, Île-de-France province, France on July 13, 2007.
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    Two police officers watch their backs in the streets of CitÈ Saint Remy while a car burn in the street. Saint Denis, Paris, Île-de-France province, France on July 13, 2010.
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    Babali, a rapper from Saint Denis at his home with his wife and two children. Saint Denis, Paris, Île-de-France province, France on October 21, 2012.
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    View of a building so called the 4.000, located in La Courneve. Saint Denis, Paris, Île-de-France province, France on November 27, 2006.
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    A group of five man hang out in a parking in the streets of Bobigny. Saint Denis, Paris, Île-de-France province, France on October 16, 2007.
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    A man drives his scooter in the streets of Bobigny in Saint Denis, Paris, Île-de-France province, France on October 16, 2007.
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    Three rappers from Saint Denis sing in the Paris subway while try to sell their music albums to the passengers. Paris, Île-de-France province, France on October 20, 2012.
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    A man carry his dog called Sultan to the vet after it fall from a third floor and break its leg in Paris. Paris, Île-de-France province, France on October 21, 2012.
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    A man looks himself in a mirror after have a cut hair in a barbershop of Saint Denis while a hairdresser wait for his approval. Saint Denis, Paris, Île-de-France province, France on Oct. 13, 2012.
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    Two guys flatters a women who walks through the streets of Saint Denis. Saint Denis, Paris, Île-de-France province, France on November 13, 2012.
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    A couple from 93 department talks in a dancehall club in the downtown of Paris. Paris, Île-de-France province, France on Nov. 19, 2012.
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    A women dances in a stripteasse club in the downtown of Paris, Île-de-France province, France on Nov. 19, 2012.
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    A women celebrates her birthday in a dance club in the downtown of Paris. Paris, Île-de-France province, France on Nov. 19, 2012.
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    Kamel and Assia in a limousine after they married in the city council of Saint Denis. Saint Denis, Paris, Île-de-France province, France on May 21, 2010.
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    Kamel celebrates his wedding surrounded by his friends while collapse the ring road of Paris with their cars . Saint Denis, Paris, Île-de-France province, France on May 21, 2010.
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    A father with his son talk by phone with her wife while drinks and smokes in his apartment in Saint Denis, Paris, Île-de-France province, France on November 2, 2012.
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    Aerial view of neighborhood, CitÈ Floreal, located in Saint Denis. Saint Denis, Paris, Île-de-France province, France on November 24, 2006.
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    A group of friends hang out inside a portal buiding in Saint Denis. Saint Denis, Paris, Île-de-France province, France on November 6, 2012.
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    A dealer carry a weapon in the interior of a building where he sell. Saint Denis, Paris, Île-de-France province, France on July 14, 2010.
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    A group of men throw powerful firecrackers in the streets of Saint Denis few days before to the National Day of France. As a sign of protest these firecrackers are used to throw against the police during the National Day of France and also in the revolts of the suburbs. Saint Denis, Paris, Île-de-France province, France on July 11, 2007.
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    A man make several phone calls from a phone booth in the streets of Saint Denis. Saint Denis, Paris, Île-de-France province, France on November 14, 2012.
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    A group of guys in a fast food restaurant inSaint Denis. Saint Denis, Paris, Île-de-France province, France on November 13, 2012.
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    A men inside his car, watch out for police presence in the streets of Saint Denis. Saint Denis, Paris, Île-de-France province, France on November 3, 2012.
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    Two drug dealers play with a shotgun in a portal of a building where they sell. Saint Denis, Paris, Île-de-France province, France on Oct. 16, 2012. Most of the weapons in the suburbs of Paris, come from the end of the war in the Balkans and are obtained from the black market.
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    A man, in the hall of a building, argue to children because they play where he sells drugs. Paris, Île-de-France province, France on October 29, 2012.
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    A man throws a rock against police in the streets of Saint Denis some days after the National Day of France. Saint Denis, Paris, Île-de-France province, France on July 17, 2007.
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    A kid plays with an airsoft gun in the portal of a building in the streets of Bobigny while another kid and a man hang out. Saint Denis, Paris, Île-de-France province, France on October 16, 2007.
Suburbia

October 27, 2005, in Clichy-sous-Bois, a northern suburb of Paris, Zyed Benna and Bouna Traoré, 15 and 17 years old respectively, were killed by electrocution, while they hid from police in an electrical transformer. In the next hours, friends and neighbors took to the streets in protest. This provoked clashes with security forces that quickly spread throughout Parisian suburbs.

In the following days, the revolt burned through numerous periphery areas throughout the country, until November 8th, when the French government declared a state of an emergency.

The confused and the decontextualized images of uncontrollable violence inspired this work. One year after the riots I decided to go there in order to understand a reality that is only shown when it becomes sensational enough to be covered by mainstream media. In 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2012 I spent long periods of time in Seine-Saint-Denis (Department 93), one of the most populated suburbs of Paris with 1.5 million inhabitants.

This work seeks to reflect on the lifestyle of youth in these ghettos: their gregarious existence and their love for hip-hop culture, the lack of opportunity and the absence of social services and recreational facilities which leads them to stay idle in the streets.

Beyond the harshness of their social codes, youth culture rebels as an act of resistance against of a present where they don’t have much to gain and even less to lose.

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