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Winner edition 2022

María Clauss

Where oblivion may not dwell


Presentation

Memory is an exercise of reconstruction of the past in the present moment, photography is a “medium” to recover it. Each portrait of a repressed person is kept as a treasure in the hands of their families, each place that has power in itself for what has been lived, and each face of the pain of the son/daughter/sister/brother for having lost him/her unite to recover it. This project carried out during 2021 and early 2022 in the province of Huelva, aims to make visible the spaces of repression, the repressed, and their direct relatives, sharing the same visual space.  

There was hardly any resistance in large part of Huelva after the uprising and, in those towns where it did exist, it was quickly annulled (August 1936). With 126 graves located or identified to date, Huelva is the second Andalusian province in such sinister ranking -only behind Seville-, a second place it also holds -after Granada- in the number of victims (10,199). And the mining town of Nerva has in its cemetery the largest rural grave in Spain, it is estimated that the remains of up to 800 people could be found.  

It is time for Truth, Justice, and Reparation; it is time that oblivion does not dwell.

This documentary project is part of the exhibition “Donde no habite el olvido”, organized by the Commissioner of Democratic Memory of the Diputación de Huelva.


Biography

Freelance photographer. Graduated in Information Sciences, with a major in Image and Sound from Complutense University (Madrid). Specialized in documentary photography, with a special interest in themes that address human rights, migration, and gender. In 2003, 2013, and 2022 she received the Andalucía Migraciones Award from the Junta de Andalucía.

He has exhibited both individually and collectively in France, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Morocco, Portugal, and Spain. Among his exhibitions in recent years, the following stand out: Donde no habite el olvido at the Centro de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo 'Daniel Vázquez Díaz'; ¿Mi Abuelo El Espía? Tras las huellas de William Martin, a personal project; Galería De Espejos, a group exhibition at the Centro Andaluz de Fotografía, curated by Juan Manuel Bonet; Visibles. Mujeres para una década; Perspectivas, a group exhibition of Latitudes 21; and her participation in the group exhibition Elemental Arco 15.

Her work is included in Cuaderno 71 of the Kursala of the University of Cadiz, in Ideas y propuestas para el arte en España of the Ministry of Culture, in Arte desde Andalucía hacia

el siglo XXI of the Consejería de Cultura de Andalucía and the guide of current Andalusian photography Stand by of Fundación Madariaga.

She is part of the collective We Are Photo, with which she promotes and manages the cultural projects FEST COMARCAS PHOTO and WEAREPHOTOFEST. She is also a promoter and director of WOFESTHUELVA, an exhibition of films made by women.