Francisco Gonzalez
A nosa terra (Our town)

A nosa terra

Personal project
A nosa terra (Our town)

A nosa terra (Our town)

It was because of my grandparents that I understood their existence; Then through my parents, how I got to know more about this 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, who lived for a longer time, forced them to leave in search of better opportunities. and better dreams to America.

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

Galicia is located in the north of Spain and is known for its land as well as for the landscapes that they make up. During Franco's dictatorship, its inhabitants were forced to leave in search of improvements and few of them returned. The mortality rates are very high and the birth rates are in-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 a cult and a respect for them. With this work I seek to register the rural Spain that lies forgotten.

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