Barnacas I (audiovisual)

“Barnacas I” (Barna from Barcelona, barracas means slum) is a long term photo-documentary project that attempts to visualize, through a conceptual reflection, the past and present from the pre-Olympic Barcelona. Decades loaded with post-war repression, famine and migration. This is the story of thousands of Spaniards who arrived in Barcelona to escape poverty or political persecution, looking for a decent future.

At different spots of the city, these families were settled in self-made slumps and precarious shacks without electricity or water and began to rebuild their lives in between hardship and illusion.

Under the green forest leaves of Montjuïc, behind the walls of the old Fort Pienc neighborhood, or upon the hills of El Carmel, history traces filled with misery, but also loaded with freedom and friendship are still alive. Navigating through the memory of Paquita, Isabel, and Montserrat, we can evoke even today, the black episodes from Barnacas.