Jordi Ruiz Cirera: The United Soya Republic
22 Apr - 3 Jun|
Francesca Maffeo Gallery|
Leigh on Sea, Essex
The United Soya Republic presents a journey through the heartlands of the Southern Cone’s agribusiness; it is a portrayal of the changes to the landscape and socio-economic tissue brought about by intensive farming and the exportation of produce in Argentina and Paraguay.
Jordi Ruiz Cirera has spent three years traveling through South America to give soy and the uncharismatic workings of agriculture a face. The consequences of growing and farming soy are something which this artist has sensitively recorded throughout this series. Working closely with the farmers, labourers, landowners and their families he has been able to see up close how the pesticides, the deforestation and migration of farmers has impacted these communities.
Jordi Ruiz Cirera is a documentary photographer from Barcelona. In 2011 he moved to London where he obtained an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at LCC. Jordi’s work has been awarded in international competitions such as the DB Award for Photography, the AOP Student Photographer of the Year, the POYi, the Lucie IPA Awards. He has been recently selected as a winner of the Taylor-Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.
This work was partially funded by Magnum Foundation’s Emergency Fund Program.
Related talks & events
Preview, Friday 21st April, 6-9pm
Jordi Ruiz Cirera In Conversation, Saturday 6th May, 3pm