1 / 3       Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Amalio Barrul Gimenez and his family have been evicted. Amalio Barrul Gimenez (41), his pregnant wife Isabel Morales Bachiller (35) and their three children live on a low income, selling goods on the street and receiving benefits. For 18 months they lived in an apartment owned by Bankia Bank; they tried to negotiate a low rent, but the bank insisted on them being evicted. © Andres Kudacki/AP.
2 / 3       Madrid, Spain, Friday, November 21, 2014. Carmen Martinez Ayuso (85) lost her apartment under foreclosure when her son lost his job and she could not pay the mortgage and high interest rates. Activists protested and clashed with riot police, but she was still evicted. © Andres Kudacki/AP.

3 / 3       Visione d'insieme dell'Église des Dominicains. Il lavoro di Andres Kudacki è esposto sulla sinistra. © FPmag.

Spain’s Housing Crisis

Spain in time of crisis. This is could be the summary of the Argentinian photojournalist Andres Kudacki's work, exhibited in Église des Dominicains. His project shows few Spanish families struggling after losing their jobs and due to the effects of the austerity that since few years is gripping the most vulnerable European countries. Men, women, young people, elders and entire families have to deal with an extremely difficult reality were the most worrying data is the infernal decline into uncertainty and poverty. This situation brings with it some very serious consequences that both the families and the institutions find very difficult to manage. Among these, the most tragic concerns the evictions.
This is the focus of the author, winner of the Award ANI - PixPalace 2015. His photos show a chilling picture, the desperation of those risking or under eviction for insolvency or for some dodgy property speculation; people that watch their last shelter, their home, taken away. A crossing plague that does not spare anyone, especially the underprivileged – not only for economic reasons. The protests and barricades seem to be useless: several of these families will soon be literally homeless. And while your eyes watch these images filled with tears, desperation, fear and uncertainty for what the future holds, your mind starts questioning where is the State defending the citizens? It is not there in Kudacki’s picture, it instead shows its worst with policemen enforcing the evictions.
On one hand, his work is able to stress a national and nowadays sadly international issue. On the other hand, the insisting focus on the emotional side of the issue make the overall exhibition repetitive and it risks on the medium-long run to put people’s conscience asleep, instead of waking them up. After the nth face in tears or body dragged by the police, dramatizes by the sequential set up, the audience goes beyond the private stories described in the captions, and most of all, tends to stop relating them to the introductory theme. These data could well be from many other European countries, including ours (Editor's Note: Italy). As often happen when facing redundancy, one tend to take distances from the problem with a simple sigh, a miserable: «poor people...». [ S. B. ]

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SPAIN'S HOUSING CRISIS
by Andres Kudacki
Eglise des Dominicains | until September, 13rd 2015
admission fee: free

published on 2015-09-09 in NEWS / EXHIBITIONS

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