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Catalonia: landscapes of struggle (2017-2019)


Catalonia claims that it is a nation with its own identity. For that reason the Catalan separatist politicians organized a referendum on October 1, 2017. Most were arrested and others fled into exile. To protest against the abusive indefinite preventive detention of Catalan politicians, accused of charges that European courts have not recognized and that the Spanish Supreme Court claimed as a "rebellion" and "sedition", the so-called CDR (Committees of Defense of the Republic) undertook imaginative visual actions in the landscape and towns, using especially yellow ties, separatist flags, claims for a Republic and crosses representing the revenge of the legal organisms against the Catalonian independence movement.

With the slogan "Let's clean up Catalonia" the opposition, under the acronym GDR (Defense and resistance groups) formed by sympathizers of the unionist parties, organized the so-called "Operation Troy" to destroy any vestige of the visual protests from the pro-independence side and claiming that public space has to be neutral.

Those evanescent passages, that often lasted only a few hours, symbolized the the protests of a part of Catalan society against a predisposed and unfair interpretation of the law that ignored the principle of innocence, despite the appeals of hundreds of jurists and politicians from around the world, as well as the United Nations and Amnesty International.

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Born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, Tino Soriano divides his work between photojournalism and travel photography. He has been honored with numerous national and international awards from groups such as World Press Photo, UNESCO, and FotoPres, among others...

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