I am a film maker, performer and writer, living and working in
Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain. I make films with a collective of artists (El Trozo Productions) in Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain. Follow us on instagram @el_trozo_productions.
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I became fascinated with the life and culture of Jerez, and the province of Cádiz in particular whilst visiting to do a residency with my art school in 2015. I was doing a Masters in Performance, Practice & Design at London's Central Saint Martins, and I graduated in 2016.
During this course I spent five wonderful months in Jerez de la Frontera, researching, studying and experimenting with film about traditional "gitano" flamenco. Jerez is what the locals call "la cuña" (the crib) of flamenco. "Gitano/a" is the word for "gypsy" in Spain, and around 10% of the population of Jerez identify themselves as Spanish "gitanos". This is more to do with a cultural and racial history, as the traveller way of life has very much decreased here in gitano families throughout time.
Jerez is a town awash with music, a fusion of experimental culture and flamenco traditions, as well as other types of
"gitano" music culture such as Jazz, Moroccan and Arabic style also featuring at the heart of it, from the Moorish roots of Al-Andalus (Andalusia's previous name under Arab rule).
Jerez is a traditional city, and families are still committed to old ways of life and to the Church. Yet at its heart and in the surrounding towns, lies a strong community of activists, anarchists, and artists , opposed to the residue of Francoism that still lingers throughout Spain. These communities are paving the way to preserve the origins of this part of Spain´s rich and complex history, with an eye to continue transgressing and challenging the status quo. Throughout my journey, I am learning through the people here, and the ways of this city, that progress and heart, a commitment to radical community, does not always come from modernisation. Through my work, I am finding my way through, seeing if we can move forward on this earth, or whatever time we have left of it, outside the hands of corporations, the capitalist narrative without eradicating our history or origins.