The PIGS is a project by Carlos Spottorno that combines together photography, forms of “citizen journalism”, irony and social research.
The goal is to cast light on the stereotypes fashioned by European press as a way to refer to Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain (“PIGS”) - by intentionally avoiding the beauty of these places.
The photographer remarks the extent to which some of these clichés are actually confirmed by the reality of things, and how others are not.
Perhaps the true difference lies within the (political) prequel. According to economists and most European politicians, these countries prove inadequate to adhering to a European “design” - which in turn has ditched any glimmer of economic and social recovery and rebuilding for the populations subjected to it.
On the project’s website, the photographer explains:
«I have attempted to illustrate the stereotypes brought up by the term PIGS. In other words, what we would see if we were to translate into images the articles we read in the financial press. This is how I imagine economists see us. The result is a collection of clichés, both true and incomplete. The same way a travel guide carefully avoids anything seemingly unattractive, this book shows much of what we find embarrassing, oftentimes rightly, and at times unfairly. Either way, it’s just an artifice with which to highlight a specific aspect of life in the PIGS. In the end, what stands out the most is the glaring absence in these images of all that is positive, beautiful and promising in our countries – and that still endures».
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