Cartography do Esquecemento (Cartography of oblivion) proposes a reflection on the consequences caused by the eucalyptus industry in Galicia. The destruction of the native Galician forest is caused by different political, social, economic and environmental factors that harm both biodiversity and the preservation of collective memory.
The project is exposed as a geographical journey with dialoguing elements that refer to a cartography, a notebook and a family album that falls apart as the forest disappears. The objective is to reinterpret a general situation from a particular, subjective and lyrical point of view. The journey begins in the native forests for their historical, cultural and landscape value: within Galician mythology, the Castreños (Celts) considered oaks and chestnut trees as sacred trees, sources of wisdom and communication channels with the afterlife. The liturgical essence of the ‘carballeiras’ (oak groves) is appreciated today because they are spaces that usually host celebrations and festivities, although they are also considered areas of leisure and disconnection. Therefore, they are also places inhabited by collective and individual memories in danger of extinction. The grandeur and sacredness of the contemporary native forest is desecrated by the presence of eucalyptus, an invasive species native to Australia that is used to make pulp and biomass. The logging of eucalyptus has favored the progressive colonization of the Galician mountain within a context of abandonment due to the lack of political will. The flammable qualities of eucalyptus are very pernicious in the event of a fire, so the circuit is closed with the ash as a sign of the destruction and disappearance of all vestiges. The eucalyptus undertakes the process of forgetting; the fire intensifies it.
Cartografía do esquecemento was born from a personal need to expose a situation exponentially aggravated by the lack of an efficient forestry policy and global warming. It is an exercise in introspection, healing and reflection associated with an internal conflict caused by family involvement in the forestry industry in past decades. There is a certainty: the Atlantic forest is a present legacy that we are still witnesses to. The question is whether it will become part of a collective future.
Cartografía do Esquecemento – Ariadna Silva Fernández
Exhibition from September 8 to October 1
CC Parc Sandaru, Carrer Buenaventura Muñoz 21, Barcelona
Opening hours from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 8 pm
Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm
· Friday, September 30 at 7:00 pm Commented visit by Ariadna Silva Fernández.
· Saturday, October 1, from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm Workshop Poetics in documentary photographic narratives by Ariadna Silva Fernández.
About Ariadna Silva Fernandez
Graduated in Audiovisual Communication from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Master in Artistic and Documentary Photography from the TAI School and Master in Cultural Services from the University of Santiago de Compostela. Her personal work drifts between photography and documentary film. She is currently developing long-term personal projects within contemporary and author documentary filmmaking, focusing on the Galician landscape and autobiography as the central axis of his photographic and audiovisual narrative. Her intention is to build a look at the natural landscape under the premise of transit, change and doubt with the intention of generating critical and reflective discourses.
Her awards include selections at festivals and residencies such as the Canon Student Program 2017 of the Visa Pour l’image in Perpignan (France), Encontros de Artistas Novos da Cidade da Cultura, Pa-ta-ta Photography Festival. She was a finalist for the International Emerging Prize 2020 of the Encontros da Imagem de Braga (Portugal), winner of the Xuventude Crea Photography Prize awarded by the Xunta de Galicia and winner of one of the Albarracín Scholarships of the Albarracín Photography and Journalism Seminar.
She has exhibited individually at the PHotoEspaña Off Festival (My Name’s Lolita Art Gallery), at the Kiosco Alfonso (A Coruña) and at the Banco Editorial Gallery (A Coruña). She has also exhibited in collective exhibitions in Encontros da Imagem, in the City of Culture of Galicia or in the Church of the University of Santiago de Compostela.
In 2018 she published her first photobook ‘Fillos do vento’ (BANCO Editorial), a personal story about the Rapa das Bestas de Sabucedo and in 2019 she self-published ‘Historias minimas’, a fanzine of intimate stories.
She participated in the reviewing of the seventh edition of Art Photo Bcn in 2020.