Crime scenes: landscape, memory and atrocity in Jorge Barbi’s El Final, Aquí

Austin, Thomas (2021) Crime scenes: landscape, memory and atrocity in Jorge Barbi’s El Final, Aquí. Photography and Culture. ISSN 1751-4517

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Jorge Barbi’s book El Final, Aquí (The End, Here) is a collection of 60 beautifully composed, predominantly rural and always uninhabited landscapes taken throughout Spain. All the images share a common secret: these remote locations are crime scenes, out of the way places where Republicans were executed by Francoists during or after the Spanish Civil War. Barbi states: ‘Places are not witnesses of anything, places do not see us; we recreate them [..] common places where apparently nothing ever happened, until the invisible memory they contain fills them with uniqueness.’ The function of his photographs in El Final, Aquí is to precipitate such a shift, to actively recreate overlooked places as abiding sites of memory.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: photography, Spanish civil war, landscape, memory
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: T Technology > TR Photography
Depositing User: Thomas Austin
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2019 10:34
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2021 11:45

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