ARCHIVES [0]

A fragmentary investigation about misogyny and violence during the Belle Époque




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The names of Josefa, Felisa, Mariana, Amparo, Antonia, Teresa, Francisca, Enriqueta, Tomasa or Cecilia, among others, came up in the news of the spanish press during the Belle Époque. They were accused of adultery, abortion, prostitution, presumption of childbirth, disobedience, kidnapping or witchery among other tipical  female crimes.

This project explores the form of the anti-feminist discourse through individual stories, in where the edges of our nature seems to appear. In them, we could see the reflection of how we have been affected, in the most literal sense of the word, by domination and misogyny. Their particular stories provide information. They are like mirrors: would I be like them if I have lived 130 years ago?.

Archives [0] (2018-2021) is a visual essay, a ficctional narrative that combines archival material, text and still life pictures that invites to reconsider how their stories were told.




The project has been posible thanks to the collaboration of: Museu d’Historia de la Medicina de Catalunya; Museo de Anatomia Javier Puerta UCM, Madrid (A); Museo Olavide, Madrid (O); Institut d’Historia de la Ciencia i la Medicina Lòpez Piñero, Valencia (M);  Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London (G); Museo di Antropologia criminale Cesare Lombroso, Torino (L); Museo del Calzado José Maria Amat Amer, Elda (C); Museu de la Perruqueria Raffel Pagès, Barcelona (P); Museu Frederic Marès, Barcelona.

El proyecto ha sido posible gracias a la colaboración de: Museu d’Historia de la Medicina de CatalunyaMuseo de Anatomia Javier Puerta UCM, Madrid (A); Museo Olavide, Madrid (O); Institut d’Historia de la Ciencia i la Medicina Lòpez Piñero, Valencia (M);  Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London (G); Museo di Antropologia criminale Cesare Lombroso, Torino (L); Museo del Calzado José Maria Amat Amer, Elda (C); Museu de la Perruqueria Raffel Pagès, Barcelona (P); Museu Frederic Marès, Barcelona.
Photobook edited during RPS PHOTOBOOK MASTERCLASS 2019 at Reminders Photography Stronghold, Tokio, with Teun Van der Heijden, Sandra van der Doelen and Yumi Goto and Masaru Goto.

 Colour and black and white film negative: 6x6cm, 4,5x6cm, 35mm.
Archival materials.


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