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Bianya / Viaña 1937

27 photo transfers on Hahnemüller paper
Hahnemüller paper on foam board
Vall de Bianya - Barcelona.

Bianya / Viaña 1937  A postcard that I found in Barcelona in February 2015 begins with the discovery. This postcard has the following text on the back cover: «Sant Salvador de Bianya 1937», under the «Bianya» it puts the apparent correction of «Viaña».  

It was precisely this "correction" that prompted me to start a documentation process that led me to investigate and relate the date (1937), the place (Sant Salvador de Bianya) and the territory (Girona). The research led me to deduce the historical context: Spanish civil war, the change of language and the officialization of Castilian as the official language of Spain and therefore, the change of name of the cities and towns of Catalonia. From Bianya to Viaña.

Following the traces of a postcard as part of the documentation, I traveled many times to the town of Sant Salvador de Bianya from Barcelona with the postcard in hand; and in this way, accelerating the process of deterioration and disappearance of the image that the postcard had.

Finally, I decided to treat the image myself, manipulating it in such a way that I completely lost the information it contained, that is, until it reached absolute white.  



Postcard Sant Salvador de Bianya. 1937. 20x15cm

Installation of  Bianya / Viaña 1937.  Ra stro on the wall

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