Spain is in the crux of an economic crisis. In a country where more than 55 percent of young people are unemployed, most of which have never worked before, and seven out of ten Spaniards in their twenties live with their parents, a night out in a Spanish disco will make you wonder if anyone has noticed.
I went to Row 14 in Barcelona, one of Spain's most famous discos, for a twelve hour party hosting 12,000 people. I documented what I saw and experienced from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.; observing the jaw-clenched, makeup-smeared faces of these reckless young adults caused me to reflect deeply on the economic condition of Spain and how it's affecting youth culture.
Young people don't have a sense of purpose here. The idea of fighting for something bigger in their lives doesn't even occur to a lot of them. A generation of kids without self-worth, ambition, support or expectations are losing themselves to a scene whose driving forces are parties, drugs, and limit-testing, and what one sees when one soberly endures one of those parties evokes the haunting question, "What are they all searching for?"