2020 Nera di Verzasca Prize - Verzasca Foto Awards
Where Fireflies Unfold
Personal version of my village Deleitosa. (Spanish village by Eugene Smith in Life Magazine in 1951)
WORK IN PROGRESS
I started this series in 2016 and the idea is to finish the series in this year until reaching a number between 55-60 photos to be able to have an exhibition body and probably try to make a photobook.
The majority of those born in the cities resulting from rural emigration in the 60s and 70s have a commonplace that unites us. The village of our parents. Deleitosa is my village. Located in the province of Cáceres, in the region of Extremadura in Spain. Here my parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and other ancestors have been born to the memory of centuries of family genealogy. Deleitosa was the village that Eugene Smith chose to realize his photographic essay “Spanish Village” that was published in the American magazine Life on April 9, 1951.
Far from showing the perceptible appearance of Deleitosa or some of the visual references linked to what was a photographic icon of the social and economic backwardness in Spanish rural society, my gaze has some subjective nuances linked to a series of experiences, places, and memories. Reminiscences that have endured as apparitions in my memory. Images that intermingle episodes that float in the collective imagination with the new realities that coexist in the village.
There is an emotional need to reflect on the territory of which we are part. To explore our identity in the echo of the places that still speak to us or in the absence-presence of the people and beings that inhabit them. To form a visual interpretation that evokes the mystery that manifests itself in everyday rhythms, in the poetic condition that underlies the strange.