‘EVICTION’ by Rafael Díaz
The “Eviction” was conceived as a wake-up call for the dire situation facing an alarmingly increasing number of struggling tenants and homeowners in Spain who have been evicted from their homes since the housing bubble popped five years ago, and are still liable for huge payments – a situation so desperate that it has led to some choosing to take their own life rather than be removed from their homes and face the shame and burden the eviction places on them and their families.
The main piece of the series is a polyptych comprised of 27 photographs of different sizes that make up an actual size, free photographic recreation of Picasso’s masterpiece ‘Guernica’ (11 ft 5 in and 25ft 7in wide), where eviction victims take the place of the characters in the original painting to show a different kind of tragedy – while ‘Guernica’ shows the tragedies of war and the suffering it inflicts upon individuals, particularly innocent civilians, ‘Eviction’ shows the grief brought upon the helpless working man by the current economic crisis: joblessness and the subsequent inability to support and even secure decent housing for themselves and their families. Where ‘Guernica’ is an anti-war and an embodiment of peace, ‘Eviction’ aims to act as a reminder of the moral devaluation of a system that allows this injustice to happen and the authorities look the other way and seek bailout for banks rather than people.
Also included in the series are a number of individual portraits of the characters featured in the main piece that draw attention to each of their respective personal dramas.