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.
Chinese nationals in the International Brigades
"Around 100 Chinese nationals joines the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939"
El País in English
There was no time left. He had cancer, so he pulled aside
the curtain that separated his bed from the other patients in the ward,
and despite the warnings by nurses and doctors, he feverishly began
putting some order into the items he kept inside two large boxes:
documents, diaries, photographs of himself with other soldiers, books...
He did this day and night. "They are more valuable than life itself,"
Xie Weijin told his daughter as he gave her these possessions one day in
1976 in Beijing. It was all he had left of his experience as a
combatant in the Spanish Civil War. For 38 years, he had lugged all this
material across two continents, overcoming the war, two internment
camps in France, the Chinese-Japanese War and Mao's Cultural Revolution,
including the repression.