(2015 – 2018)
A three-year project to research and create a genre-bending fiction, part-book, part-installation, part-archive. buried explores work being done by civil society actors in the field of transitional justice, tracing links between the exhumation processes carried out in Spain in the 2000s with experiences in the country’s post-war diaspora and the ‘Indignados’ demonstrations and occupations of 2011.
The project is a postgraduate research project supported by CHASE (Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England) and funded by AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council)
“Las palabras viven y crecen también en la sombra. Hay formas de resistencia y de transmisión. La memoria tiene su propia estrategia.” (Words also live and grow in the darkness. There are forms of resistance and transmission. Memory is its own strategy). Manual Rivas.
“No se recuerda, no se juzga el pasado solo para castigar o condenar, sino para aprender.” (One remembers not to judge the past, to punish or condemn, but to learn.) Luis Pérez de Aguirre.
In Wolf Village
My first novella is about a photographer confronting the ugly compromises involved in reporting from a conflict zone. The novella has been inspired by the writings of the Surrealist artist Max Ernst, particularly his reflections on forests and his lifelong habit of confounding images of human beings with birds and other creatures. Somewhere along the way, this collided with my interest in maps and the work of women photographers such as the Hungarian artist Kati Horna, who documented the Spanish Civil War and was a lifelong friend of the visual artist Leonora Carrington.
In Wolf Village was shortlisted for The Novella Award (Judges: Nicholas Royal & Alison Moore)
The project was developed with the support of a Hawthornden Fellowship and a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland.