The majority of those born in the cities resulting from rural emigration in the 60s and 70s have a common place that unites us: our parents’ village. Deleitosa is my village. It is located in the province of Cáceres, in the region of Extremadura in Spain. Here my parents, grandparents, great grandparents and other ancestors were, going back through centuries of family genealogy. Deleitosa was the village that Eugene Smith chose to realize his photographic essay ‘Spanish Village’, published in the American magazine Life on 9th April 1951. Far from showing the perceptible appearance of Deleitosa or some of the visual references linked to what was a photographic icon of the social and economic backwardness in Spanish rural society, my gaze has some subjective nuances linked to a series of experiences, places and memories. Reminiscences that have endured as apparitions in my memory. Images that intermingle as episodes that float in the collective imagination with the new realities that coexist in the village. There is an emotional need to reflect on the territory of which we are part. To explore our identity in the echo of the places that still speak to us, or in the absence-presence of the people and beings that inhabit them. To form a visual interpretation that evokes the mystery that manifests itself in everyday rhythms, in the poetic condition that underlies the strange.
Daily Life Single 2020 / Oskar Alvarado