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MEL VALSINATS – TRANSITION(S)


La Transición (The Transition, The Shift) is the name we Spaniards give to the years that go from the murder of the Admiral Carrero Blanco by the terrorist group ETA in 1973, until the referendum for a new Constitution and the General Elections in 1978. The strike against the man called to succeed Franco as chief of a totalitarian regime accelerated the decay of a dictator that couldn’t deal with the present and awakened those among the civil society that had not realized that there was an imminent change to arrive. Still, this shift of political state of affairs didn’t take the form of a revolution, but was made by in acquiescence between a few politicians nursed in The Movement (Franco’s puppet party and union) and those young members of the clandestine opposition that took the path of compromise, understanding the Spanish society as too democratically raw and ideologically divided for a drastic unravelling.
The project Mel Valsinats-Transition(s) depicts the iconographical universe of a fictitious researcher, descendant of exiles from the Spanish Civil War and born in the days of the Transition to democracy, that tries to understand her own story and that of her family through the process of this political evolution. Along the way, using press images, and texts, traces and memories of her and other families the real object of her analysis turns to be the idea of being a foreigner not to a territory, but to a period of time, even when belonging to it.

Angel de la Rubia

MEL VALSINATS – TRANSITION(S)

The project Mel Valsinats-Transition(s) depicts the iconographical universe of a fictitious researcher, descendant of exiles from the Spanish Civil War and born in the days of the Transition to democracy, that tries to understand her own story and that of her family through the process of this political evolution.
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