Insomnia is a reflection on the passage of time, the adaptation process, the desire for liberty, the emptiness and the uncertainty produced by a strange situation that is beyond my control. Due the economic crisis I was forced to move back to my hometown. Coming back to a village, where there is nothing to do, where everyone knows you and it seems to controls your life, made me feel anxious and overwhelmed, so much so, I couldn’t sleep. Through photography, I can express what I’ve gone through during this phase, trying to coexist with my situation and everything that surrounds me.
José David Valiente (1986) is a visual artist based in Murcia, Spain. He studied Audiovisual Image and then continued with Artistic Photography at Murcia School of Arts. His work has been exhibited in Thessaloniki, Krakow, Miami and Murcia and has been featured in various online and print publications including British Journal of Photography, Der Greif, It's Nice That, Humble Arts Foundation, Aint Bad, Fisheye Magazine and Metal Magazine among others. He was selected in 2018 by British Journal of Photography as one of their annual "Ones To Watch". Valiente is powerfully drawn to decadence, marginals, bizarre, wild and mystery. His work reflects the environment around him and he makes use of its elements to portray himself.