The Zapillo Almeriense Metamorphosis, from 2010 to 2015
The Zapillo Almeriense was once a fishing neighborhood, with watercoursesand ancient meadows. It is said that one-day toads rained from the sky.
Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis has inspired this narrative and photographic work. As Kafka’s close friend Max Brod said in his book about him, one of his influences was describing a fantasy in a simple, realistic and detailed way. However, Kafka never agreed to illustrate the protagonist of his story.
Likewise, in my work on the Zapillo, I don’t show an evident image of this space, but I do give details on the elements that define it. This neighborhood in Almeria is reproduced as if it were an animal stretched out on the seashore. The iron structure of the Alquife (mineral loading bay) would be its head, crowned by the boats and riggings of the port. The Almadrabillas Park, likea throat, is a transitional space destined for playing, fishing, and cats. The apartment towers architectural complex is like a crest that runs between the small huts and shops to the café terraces. The back of this fantasy animal bears the imprints of white and red waves from the seashore promenade. The kerb, as if it were the animal’s spine, separates the seashore promenade from the beach. The body of the fictitious animal extends itself to La Vega de Acá and the New Almeria reaching the river Andaraxdelta where the Spanish Civil War bunkers still stand.
The Zapillo transforms slowly and constantly. New elements appear and soon after disappear, leaving behind the photographs and notes of a diary in their wake.