BETWEEN ASTURIAS AND BELGIUM.

After World War II, the Battle for coal was created to increase the productivity of the country’s main energy provider.
On November 28th 1956, an agreement was signed for the transfer of workers from Spain to Belgium until 1965.
Official recruitment stopped that year because the economic crisis caused the closure  of several wells and increased unemployment.

In 1973, most of the mines were closed. Many of those who had moved seeking either an economic improvement
for their families or fleeing from the political regime in Spain remained in Belgium, where they formed their families and developed their lives.
Just a few of them returned to their homeland…Asturias. Among all of them created unbreakable
bonds and linked together both countries in many ways, even confusing them in their memories.

This work aims at reflecting this confusion, as well as the coal traces left in the landscape and even in their bodies.

ENTRE ASTURIAS Y BÉLGICA.

Tras la II Guerra Mundial, con el fin de aumentar la productividad del principal proveedor de energía del país,
nace en Bélgica la batalla del carbón.

El 28 de noviembre de 1956 se firma un convenio para el traslado de trabajadores desde España a Bélgica hasta 1965,
año en el que se detiene el reclutamiento oficial de mineros por la crisis económica
que provoca el cierre de varios pozos y el aumento del desempleo.

En 1973, mayoría de las minas cierran. Muchos de los que marcharon, ya sea en busca de una mejora económica para sus familias
o huyendo del régimen político en España, permanecieron en Bélgica, donde formaron sus familias y desarrollaron sus vidas;
otros, los menos, retornaron a su tierra… Asturias. Entre todos crearon lazos irrompibles y unieron en muchos sentidos
ambos países confundiéndolos en sus memorias.

Este trabajo intenta reflejar esa confusión y asimismo las huellas del carbón en el paisaje y en sus propios cuerpos.

 


Born in 1978 in Sevilla. 
She began her Photography studies at various photography schools in Seville. In 2009 she moves to New York
where she continues studying at the International Centre of Photography (ICP) while doing an internship at Magnum Photos.
She develops an interest in conflict photography and participates in a workshop in Croatia and Bosnia that focuses on war photography.
Also, she travels to Palestine. In the same year, she participates in several collective exhibitions and receives an
Honorable Mention at International Photography Awards (IPA).
At present she is working on a European Project coordinated by Cobertura Photo and Atelier Reflexe. www.yedravargas.com
 
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