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CONCRETE GEOGRAPHIES [ NOMADS ]

by Xavier Ribas

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CONCRETE GEOGRAPHIES [NOMADS] - Photo-Eye's review // Best Books of 2012

84 páginas
24 x 30 cm
33 fotografías tritono B/N + 3 CMYK
Papel_ Gardapat 13 Kiara 115 g
Tapa dura_ Cartoné + tela

Edición limitada de 687 copias firmadas y numeradas

ISBN_ 978-84-615-7229-8
Con el apoyo de la Universidad de Brighton

[es]
El 24 de febrero de 2004 dos excavadoras entraron en un descampado de Barcelona que había sido ocupado por unas sesenta familias gitanas. Durante varios días rompieron y levantaron el suelo de hormigón del solar con la intención de intimidar a los gitanos y finalmente expulsarlos de allí, dejando detrás una superficie contorsionada, como una especie de muro horizontal, para proteger el solar y mantenerlo vacío. Este método de disuasión muestra el valor económico de la violencia y la destrucción aplicada al control del territorio. El suelo roto, las grietas, los pedazos de hormigón levantados como fragmentos de estelas mayas, dan testimonio, todavía hoy, de este desplazamiento.

[eng]
On the 24th of February 2004, heavy machinery entered an empty industrial plot in Barcelona occupied by some sixty Gypsy families. Over a few days two diggers drilled and lifted up the concrete floor of the site, intimidating the Gypsies and finally pushing them out. They left behind a contorted surface, like a horizontal wall, to protect the site and keep it empty. This method of dissuasion demonstrates the economic value of violence and destruction in order to control space. The broken ground, the fissures and fragments of concrete slabs standing up like remnants of ancient Mayan stelae give testimony, still today, of this displacement.

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CONCRETE GEOGRAPHIES [NOMADS] - Photo-Eye's Best Books of 2012

"Ribas's intimate exploration — of the rubble, monoliths and sharp edges found at an abandoned industrial site, where the once smooth concrete surface has been violently destroyed in order to prevent the sixty Gypsy families that once lived there from returning — is a sad but striking (and beautifully photographed) testament to displacement and discrimination, subtly discovered by Ribas within the shapes and forms of an easily overlooked contemporary landscape."
Aaron Schuman.

Concrete Geographies [NOMADS] by Xavier Ribas - Print Process