- Yerai, what happens when there is soup for dinner? - That you don't it and we can repeat. - Do you see? Maybe I made a bit much of soup, but I think: if I eat kinds won't repeat. Well I don't care, I don't want soup, I will eat the second dish. But then with the second dish I do the same. Yerai, 5, and Encarna, 34.
“I call my granddaughter and she ask me “ grandma, could you bring some food? There is nothing for dinner”. You should write it down.” Chany, 62.
“It is not like when they were kids, now they know the situation: if they can't eat a iogurt or buy something they know that is because there is nothing. It is not like have an 5 or 6 years old girl who won't know what's going on.” Mery, 35, mother of María Fernanda (17, in the picture), Deangeli Elisabeth (15) and Álex (4 months, in the picture).
“For the last months, we are having just a meal per day.” Francisco, 52.
“You have to see the positive side of things. Thanks to soup kitchens I've lost 10 kilos.” José Luís, 63.
“Nourishment becomes a necessity: you eat not to die. Eating is no longer an activity of enjoyment.” Joan, 52.
“Some big NGOs have lost the aim. They have 300 people on pay-roll that have be payed. How? With needed people. Becoming chronic poverty as the government does. It is hard, but if you look it coldly you realise that things don't match.” Antonio, 55.
“Maybe, of the 7 days of the week, I don't eat one or two. Because I'm not hungry, because there is food just for one. I prefer my small brother eats. He has to raise, I already did.” Javi, 18.
“I stopped eating so many times and then Iván could eat. The last one was in summer. I have this: is for the kid. Or what could I tell him? What does understand a 5 years old kid if you tell him today there is not food, today there is not dinner?” Miriam, 36.
“Do you know that there are food chains that put things 50% because they are about to expire ? I am a hunter of that. I 'm a real hunter that. Are there eight yogurts ? I take them. Are they expiring tomorrow? To the freezer directly. They are not the same, they lose a lot. I don't recommend it, but if you have no other option you take calcium and full the stomach.” Ainhoa, 37.
“You lost the desire to eat 'cause the depression you have. It's a situation you've never lived and your head doesn't stop working. You know what would be the best psychologist now? 600 euros.” Jordi, 60.
“ What are you having, Isaac? Today you are invited! Actually, not. You are inviting us today because we got money because of you. A 3 year-old is inviting us to eat today.” Lidia, 25.
December 2015. “I have strength to keep on fighting but not to go through an eviction or get the electric supply cut out. To me, it is more important to pay all these things rather than eating. I am psychologically exhausted; the issue with the food is not a big deal. I want to keep this home and if I cannot afford eating, I won’t eat.” March 2016. “It was hard. Very hard. But in the end you think: you have to do something. While I was on unemployment benefits, my idea was to never suffer what I have suffered. Now that I get the 426 euros (long-term unemployment help) it is clear to me that there’s something I have to stop paying for. An you tell yourself: the house bills.” Yoli, 54.



HUNGERLAND is a multimedia project born as an answer to the contemporary economic system and its current representation: the economic crisis. Following the trail of hunger in Spain, HUNGERLAND expects bringing to light how capitalism and powers that hold it push population to survive out of vital rights. Cuts in health and education, unemployment and household debt have left much of the population impoverished. Thousands of Spanish families not only face a housing and energy emergency; also a food emergency. This represents the final step in the scale of deprivation , it means, having nothing to eat.

The economic situation has modified our food habits and affected our food security. The purchasing power of most of families has decreased, then the money that they have for buying food, when it is posible. Before the crisis, we refered to food security in terms of preservation of security, health standards and cleanliness of food. Not anymore: today talk about food security means talking about the difficulties that people face for getting food that garantizes their needs.

HUNGERLAND combines photography, video and text documenting different cases where the right to food is vulnerated and, then, facing and naming a reality that, often, don't become known out of homes that suffer it. Minewhile politicians talk about an hipothetical end of the crisis in Spain, HUNGERLAND confronts spectators to a close reality, but intangible, and alerts about the wounds we are getting use to live with.

2014 to 2016

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