Cardboard Alcazar

The Smurfit Stone Container plant (New Richmond) ceased operations in 2005. Currently, the landscape is infested by the footprints of sheared, bumpy and abandoned to their fate. Their power of representation is quite poor. Nevertheless, the photographic collection that has emerged from it amalgamates in its own way the ensemble that has become chaotic and, at the same time, invites us to examine an obscure dimension of human action.

Behind this fence set with barbed wire that confined the cardboard box factory within its perimeter, modern society is revealed under its current reign, changing under the serrated wheel of progress, in accordance with the values of the 21st century. We live with globalization, the virtual economy, free trade commodity capitalism, and the delights of what international capital offers us and, at the same time, with the partitioning of territories, which is, in my opinion, a paradox.

Faced with the sun and the seductive winds, the factory was only a mayfly. For the few hundred workers who worked there, it was a beautiful summer during which four decades of life experiences and the pleasure of buying flowers and chocolates were expressed.

The wobbly wires let the rumours of the day in. History is being renewed. From the Great Wall to the Maginot Line, there are always gaps, as if it were a skin woven of linen, still in vogue, on our planet, where migrants swarm in columns. Coded messages appearing on signs, such as "PRIVATE PROPERTY", "DANGER", "HIGH VOLTAGE". These remains take on the symbolic aspect of an empty body that the future will be able to fill in an economic game of negotiations and tariff barriers.

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Cardboard Alcazar