SPAIN: Still Cause is a visual art project which I began in 2010 focused on the struggle for justice and recognition which is ongoing in Spain post Franco. It has so far comprised of an exhibition, small publication, a living memorial, talks, and this blog.
I am now working on a film which will feature first-hand testimonies from people directly affected by the Franco dictatorship.
The project was inspired by the photojournalist Gerda Taro and her work during the Spanish Civil War.
[excerpt] The recovery of the historical memory in Spain
With the Spanish establishment still not wanting to come to terms with its past, Laura Alvarez Soler looks at a growing social movement offering the dignity the Spanish courts do not want to give to victims of the Franco dictatorship.
[...] Within the last decade younger generations detached from the dictatorship and therefore not afraid to face any kind of reprisal, started the re-establishment of the historical memory of the country. Social movements are emerging claiming dignity and justice for the victims and this contributes to the general awareness of the necessity to recover the historical memory. Some might think the long period of social and political silence that followed the re-establishment of democracy in 1978 is about to reach its end. Instead, i’d argue, it’s only the beginning. [...]
read the full article here
and extended article here