The Chabolas exhibition with works by Rainer Viertlböck will be on display from April 2 to June 6, 2014, at the f75 photo gallery. In the south of Spain, thousands of mostly African refugees live in self-made huts known as chabolas. These immigrants come in the hope of finding work – at least on a daily basis – at the enormous fruit tree plantations.
Devoid of people but not clandestine
The photos of the chabolas were taken during the winter of 2012, in the province of Huelva, location of the largest strawberry plantations in Europe. The settlements are mostly hidden in the pine tree forests there, directly next to the plantations. To protect the anonymity of the mostly illegal people living there, Viertlböck photographed the huts devoid of any people. He did not do this clandestinely but rather with the knowledge of the inhabitants, and in close cooperation with the African self-help organisations working there.
Further information at: f-75, tangential