Overview participating exhibitions

Land
2010

Land

Corinne Silva

BADLANDS (Spain, 2009)

For centuries after the departure of the Moors, the Spanish province of Almería was a backward area. During recent decades however the development of Almería has rapidly picked up speed. Glistening seas of plastic betray the presence of market gardening, expensive hotel complexes are rising, and in the rough, desert-like landscape you find the smoothly trimmed green of the golf course. But there is not just progress. Hidden in the wilderness, migrant labourers live in primitive shelters made of plastic and tied together with bits of string. Corinne Silva sees Almería as a micro-cosm – the globalising world economy in miniature. This microcosm lies on what is called the ‘po-litical equator’, where the economic might and political indifference of the North meets the poverty and exploitation of the South. The actors in this post-industrial world – North African migrants, golf tourists, pensionados – live strictly segregated lives, but Silva mercilessly exposes the friction be-tween the flamboyant artificiality and the hidden underlying economic reality.

  • BADLANDS (Spain, 2009)

    For centuries after the departure of the Moors, the Spanish province of Almería was a backward area. During recent decades however the development of Almería has rapidly picked up speed. Glistening seas of plastic betray the presence of market gardening, expensive hotel complexes are rising, and in the rough, desert-like landscape you find the smoothly trimmed green of the golf course. But there is not just progress. Hidden in the wilderness, migrant labourers live in primitive shelters made of plastic and tied together with bits of string. Corinne Silva sees Almería as a micro-cosm – the globalising world economy in miniature. This microcosm lies on what is called the ‘po-litical equator’, where the economic might and political indifference of the North meets the poverty and exploitation of the South. The actors in this post-industrial world – North African migrants, golf tourists, pensionados – live strictly segregated lives, but Silva mercilessly exposes the friction be-tween the flamboyant artificiality and the hidden underlying economic reality.

  • BADLANDS (Spain, 2009)

  • BADLANDS (Spain, 2009)

  • BADLANDS (Spain, 2009)

The Pursuit of Happiness
2009

The Pursuit of Happiness

Corinne Silva

BADLANDS (2007-ongoing)

A photo series on Almería, Spain, where a desert landscape is being radically transformed thanks to economic migration, agriculture and tourism.

  • BADLANDS (2007-ongoing)

    A photo series on Almería, Spain, where a desert landscape is being radically transformed thanks to economic migration, agriculture and tourism.

Biography

Photographer and visual artist Corinne Silva (United Kingdom, 1976) obtained her masters in photography from the University of Brighton, and presently is doing doctoral research at the University of the Arts in London. Among other projects, she made the installations Wandering Abroad (2009) for the Leeds Art Gallery and From War To Windrush (2008) for the Imperial War Museum in London. 

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Land - Country Life in the Urban Age

Land - Country Life in the Urban Age

Price EUR 15,00

Human Conditions

Human Conditions

Price EUR 15,00