The Prestige catastrophe is an event on the brink of oblivion. Certainly, it could be an echo, a resonance. A badly healed wound.
The 64,000 tons of fuel oil spilled by the oil tanker in November 2002 caused one of the biggest ecocide in the history of Europe. A serious negligence within the decadent, polluting and close to collapse model that feeds the world, was able to bury hundreds of kilometers of Galician coast.
Frictions (Friccións) evokes the trail of violence left on the Coast of Death (Galicia, Spain) by the wreck of the Prestige. Two decades after its sinking many of the rocks retain a darkness on their surface that resembles traces of crude oil. In some cases, its mark is obvious; in others, it is easy to confuse it with similar organic elements. Presumption is incorporated as a working methodology to reflect on the existing tensions between natural and anthropic erosion, between the memory of the accident and the disappearance of all traces.
Photographing certain spaces and signs allows us to reconstruct the memory of what happened. At the same time, it warns us of its possible repetition: the imminent risk continues to inhabit the globalized present.
All images ©Ariadna Silva Fernandez