ULISES SYNDROME

Spain in the 1960s. Thousands of young people travelled to central Europe in crowded trains searching for a new life. They were hired by German firms to take their part in the “German economic miracle”. These images depict the spaces where spanish immigrants were settled after they arrived in the country. The intention with Ulises Syndrome is to reflect upon the passage of time in relation to the geographical space.

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After a ten-minute ride from the station towards the hospital I get off the bus. I hit the road and start walking. The site is wooded. Somehow it seems an adecuate location for a hospital, although it must be spooky at night . On both sides of the road there are houses with large gardens. As I walk along the road it narrows gradually. Ahead there are two low buildings half-hidden in the dark. They are surrounded by a fence where a sliding metalic gate anticipates the entrance to the property.

All around the place is forest. I look for the old barracks of the camp through the fence, unccessfully. They might have been destroyed. Only a few old houses made of concrete - which appear to have been refurbished, give me a clue that this row of about ten dwellings separated by a partition is what I've been looking for. However, they do not appear to be 60 years old, let alone being the remains of a former concentration camp.

Nevertheless this is the right spot. The forest and roads don't seem to have changed much in recent years. In the sixties this had to be an abandoned place, away from everything. I tried to guess how it would have felt living in here. I remember the words in reference to her residence in Büchenbach, "there was a woman who closed the door," the same woman who accompanied them to the factory.

 

 

© Rodrigo Gonzalo 2005

 

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ulises syndrome Installation view Amadis exhibition hall

Installation view Amadis exhibition hall, Madrid, Spain, 2005