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#TheBlanket_project

(Work in progress) In Barcelona’s expanding tourist economy, street vendors are the targets of racist demagoguery. This project depicts the dignity and struggles of a street vendors’ union. Las Ramblas, the tree-lined mall George Orwell described as Barcelona’s “central artery”, is usually clogged with tourists. Once the site of flower shops, Sunday strollers and elaborately costumed street performers, today it trades in vulgar T-shirts and gaudy souvenirs. Pushy waiters steer visitors towards kitschy restaurants serving oversized beer, sangria and tapas. The small flower shops have been taken over by a franchise. The street performers and artists who’d brightened up the spaces between kiosks have been regulated and relegated to a […]

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The dispossessed path

Text: Ursula O’Kuinghttons Zaina is tired after a long day trip day from Syria. Even so, she smiles thinking that her aim to arrive to Europe is closer than ever; only two kilometers separate her from the border. She has just arrived to Horgos, border city located between Serbia and Hungary that divides Europe from the Balkans. This small and smiley woman is hurrying in order to arrive to the hungarian city of Röszke before the border closes. It is quarter to eleven in a dark and rainy midnight and the Hungarian authorities have announced that they are closing permanently the border. She is carrying her one moth old baby […]

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Forging Life

In an old abandoned warehouse in the Poblenou area of ​​Barcelona there once was the largest settlement of illegal immigrants in Spain. The warehouse sheltered about 300 people and it atracted about 800 more every day to use their facilities. These immigrants worked collecting scrap metal, selling antiques and promoting cultural activities. Most of these people were of African ethnicity, but there were also people from South America, Romania, the Caribbean… Picture yourself in August 2001, in Barcelona Plaça Catalunya was evicted. Every day hundreds of Senegalese immigrants who had come to Europe seeking a better future slept there. But one day, suddenly, they had to leave the place without […]

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Body Whorship

What pushes a person to sacrifice in the gym, to take severe diets and spartan habits? Undoubtedly, achieve their fitness goals.  

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Santa Bárbara, bendita

Europe is in crisis and vulnerable economies of the South feel the strongest blow. They were exceeded in times of plenty and now in bad times have to resort to what little savings they have. Cuts are made in every sector in Spain and one of the most affected industries is mining. They have led to violent demonstrations and protests in recent weeks without any of it to stop in the near future sign. Summer 2012.

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Cambodia for Sale

The estate business is evicting 30 thousand people in the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, and the existence of the lake Boeung Kak itself may be in danger. The League for the promotion and defense of the human rights in Cambodja (LICADHO) denounces that 4000 families will be expelled from their homes as a result of the cession -for the next 99 years- of the rights of 133 acres of the shore of the lake and of the lake in the Cambodian company Shukako Inc itself, approved of in February of 2007 for the Prime Minister Hun Sen in exchange for 79 million dollars to give a beginning to a […]

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The Family

This project makes know the plight in wich they found most Cambodian families, forgotten by their government. Currently, Cambodia has a serious problem of child overpopulation (there is an average of 5.6 children per married couple), joined to a considerable poverty level (there is a percentage of 7.3% in infant mortality). Cambodia’s total population amounts to 13.5 million people and a 38% of them are children under 15. This context implies an extreme and almost unbearable situation, since there is no social project in sexual education , and in raising awareness towards the use of preservatives, as far as governmental authorities are concerned. At the same time, there is a […]

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Good luck for you, every day

Since March 1st, 2007 date that I arrived in the Cambodia capital, Phnom Penh, I’ve been working as a volunter at the orphanage N.A.C.A ( National Action Culture Association). At the N.A.C.A orphanage, besides providing them with roof, food and clothes, there is a very important conscientiousness towards the teaching of English (delivered by foreign volunteers), since nowadays this language is of vital importance for the future. Besides, the second key educative point in the orphanage is learning traditional and contemporany dance alongside Cambodian music. However, in this orphanage there is shortage of food, clothes, medicines and above all, space -due to the increasing number of children being fostered the […]

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