Original article Wallpaper*, 24th April, 2017
Currently on at Francesca Maffeo Gallery in Southend is Jordi Ruiz Cirera’s exhibition, ‘The United Soya Republic’. It in, we journey through the heartlands of the Southern Cone’s agribusiness, playing witness to changes in the landscape (both physical and socio-economical), brought on by intensive farming. Over three years, Cirera travelled through South America, meeting and documenting landowners, labourers, activists, jobless farmers and those affected by toxic pesticides put on the land, aiming to understand the complexities and issues facing the region. Through his moving work, Cirera glimpses the happiness of family life alongside the brutal hardships. Until 3 June.
Pictured: Boy bathing in a barrel, by Jordi Ruiz Cirera. Courtesy of the artist and Francesca Maffeo Gallery
Writer: James Warren