Federico García Cabezón — The Still Movie

In the late 1990s the Galician photographer collaborated with Tim Behrens to make a film which never came to light — In the end they felt they didn’t have the resources or knowledge to turn the reams of video footage they shot in rural Galicia and A Coruña into a viable piece of moving imagery. Instead they took freeze-frames from the work and combined them with poems in a book, La Película Estática which was published in 2001. The poems, by Tim Behrens are in Spanish and are hence unincluded here, but the images constitute a snapshot of a wild and already forgotten Galicia which barely seems to resemble what many of us associate with Western Europe today. Although only the relatively recent past, the melancholic imagery of the tiny village fiestas here feels super-distant from contemporary, urban Spain.

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