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Cardboard Alcazar

The Smurfit Stone Container plant (New Richmond) ceased operations in 2005. Ten years later, the only generation that has worked there has brought together a few workers still alive to mark the event. The trumpets of the inauguration announced inexhaustible resources and demand for future generations. The power of representation of the photographs resulting from it is quite poor, nevertheless, they amalgamate a whole that has become chaotic and infested by the imprints of sheared, bumpy remains left to their fate. This is the result of official history, which has overpolished and even levelled this landscape, accelerating its material disintegration on the ground and timeless in minds and memories. This is the opposite of the expectations of the generation of people who welcomed the factory around 1965. With this photographic project I invite you to examine an obscure dimension of human action.

Behind a fence set with barbed wire that confined the cardboard box factory within its perimeter, modern society is revealed under its current reign, changing under the serrated wheel of progress, in accordance with the values of the 21st century. We live with globalization, the virtual economy, free trade commodity capitalism, and the delights of what international capital offers us and, at the same time, with the partitioning of territories, which is no small paradox.

The wobbly wires let the rumours of the day in. History is being renewed. From the Maginot line, to the Israeli security fence, and to the American wall, there are always gaps, as if it were a wool knit, still in vogue, on our planet, where migrants swarm in columns. Coded messages appear on the signs: "PRIVATE PROPERTY", "DANGER", "HIGH VOLTAGE". These remains take on the symbolic aspect of an empty body that the future will be able to fill in an economic game of negotiations and tariff barriers.

Faced with the sun and the seductive winds, the factory was only a mayfly. For the few hundred workers who worked there, it was a beautiful summer during which, for four decades, life experiences and the pleasures of buying flowers and chocolates were expressed.

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