Francisco Gonzalez
A nosa terra (Our town)

A nosa terra

Personal project
A nosa terra (Our town)

A nosa terra (Our town)

It is because of my grandparents that I understood their existence. Then, through my parents, I got to know more about these places. These lands are part of those in which my ancestors grew and lived, which my parents were fortunate enough to enjoy for a short time before their parents, forced them to leave in search of better opportunities and larger dreams in America.

Today, a large part of rural Spain is abandoned, stuck in time and with little interest in changing. Everything seems stagnant and nature claims what was once, what was once a town is now ruins.

Galicia is located in the north of Spain and is known for its land as well as for the landscapes that they create. During Franco's dictatorship, its inhabitants were forced to leave in search of a better life, and few returned. The mortality rates are very high and the birth rates are non-existent, which leads to a total abandonment of these villages.

This work documents the place that saw my parents and generations before them born, showing the marks of time, abandonment and nature. This leads me to understand where I come from and links me with those who came before me, which serves as an admiration and a respect for them. With this work I seek to register the rural Spain that lies forgotten.

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