The world first heard about the Covid 19 virus on January 19, 2020. The announcement by the Chinese authorities went unnoticed by the vast majority of the world’s population. It was a mysterious SARS-like virus among humans that had appeared in a Chinese city called Wuham. No one that day imagined that this announcement would change the world as we knew it.
The Covid 19 pandemic leaves us with a present that has marked the future history of mankind. The virus robbed us of our most sacred freedom; our way of living and feeling our own identity, and in turn, reminded us that human beings are not immortal as a species, nor are their civilizations eternal.
Covid 19 is the greatest threat to mankind since the First World War. The whole of humanity is a victim of the pandemic and no country has been able to avoid its devastating health, socioeconomic and social impact. Spain is one of the countries in the world that has been most affected by the pandemic, with more than three million people infected, with an official death toll of 72,258 and an unofficial death toll of more than 100,000 according to data from the National Institute of Statistics and, as the International Monetary Fund points out, Spain is the world’s hardest hit economy as a result of the pandemic.
The virus makes no difference for ideological, faith, sex, economic or social reasons. It attacks everyone equally. That is why, since the beginning of the pandemic, my obsession has been to photograph the tragedy from a plural perspective, leaving aside any ideological or political interpretation, and thus help build a plural memory of what happened for civil society as a whole.
“A tale of an expired immortality” documents the titanic struggle of Spanish society to survive Covid 19. It intends to immortalize the unwavering commitment of the health sector as a whole and its auxiliary services in their fight against the virus in the main centers of the pandemic. A battle that began in March 2020 and continues to this day. During all this time we have witnessed three waves of the pandemic, the symbol that represented the IFEMA hospital, the commitment to exhaustion of doctors, nurses and health technicians in their struggle to save lives, the mourning of a civil society broken by the pain of the loss of their loved ones without even the opportunity for a last goodbye, in short, how this virus changed our way of life as we knew it,
These photographs are intended as a tribute to the memory of what we have lived, of events that cannot be forgotten and much less their story kidnapped. The memory of the pandemic in Spain is and will continue to be a scene of tension within society and between society and institutions. When society seeks to show only a part of what happened and become a hegemonic narrative, it becomes close to totalitarianism. But when it is recognized in its diversity, memory is the best tool to consolidate a democracy and build a stable future for a country.