Matalascañas – financial crisis revisited

Photographs, analog, 2017
Digital print, 110x75 cm and tablet presentation

Matalascañas is a ghost town: streets end in the middle of nowhere, half of its buildings are empty and decaying,and many owners of its remaining properties are desperate to sell their houses.
„Matalascañas – financial crisis revisited“ originates in 2012 and was photographed in a Spanish holiday resort at the Atlantic Ocean, which was built in the '70s as a new town to meet the demands of internal Spanish tourism. In 2008 Matalascañas was hit by the financial crisis, like so many other places in Spain. Over night the buildings under construction became ruins. Those unfinished buildings became memorials for a capitalism that forced people to pay off their debts for buildings that wouldn't ever be built and whose banks emerged from the crisis strengthened due to government grants. Nonetheless some people still choose to spend their holidays in Matalascañas, because they aren't able or willing to sell their houses.

For the show "Seen By #9 - Oh, so solid all that Air" Dan Dansen revised and finalized the series.



UPCOMING



January 2018

Berlin
07.01.2018
Closing of the exhibition SEEN BY #9
Group show with two series of photographs by Dan Dansen: "Matalascañas - Financial crisis revisited" and "Brutalism - Filmstills from Horror Movies"
18:00 Closing
At Museum of Photography, Jebensstraße 2, Berlin
Exhibition from 27.10.2017 - 07.01.2018


October 2017

Berlin
27.10.2017
Opening of the exhibition SEEN BY #9
Group show with two series of photographs by Dan Dansen: "Matalascañas - Financial crisis revisited" and "Brutalism - Filmstills from Horror Movies"
19:00 Vernissage
At Museum of Photography, Jebensstraße 2, Berlin
Exhibition from 27.10.2017 - 07.01.2018