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.
El País in English
Civil War association told to return grant for unfinished exhumation
The Popular Party government of Mariano Rajoy is demanding a historical memory association give back a 58,200-euro subsidy awarded to it by the previous Socialist administration for not having completed the exhumation for which the money was requested within the planned timeframe. The government is also asking for the return of 4,000 euros in outstanding interest payments.
"Valdenoceda was an extermination prison to where they sent prisoners from other jails to die," said Isaac Arenal, one of the few survivors of the penitentiary, upon handing over the remains of some of his fellow inmates to their families in March 2012.
"They didn't execute them, they let them die," said Jimmy Jiménez, of the Aranzadi Society of Sciences, during the exhumation.