The fronton wall in Spanish Villages
I am honoured to have received an award from Revelat Festival (https://revela-t.cat/en/exhibitions/) including the opportunity to exhibit in 2024 my photographic project about Frontón Walls in Spanish villages.
Frontón is a handball game where single or double opponents compete by hitting a small rubber ball with their hands against a wall.
Usually, the fronton wall can be found in the main square, the natural meeting spot of the villages.
In many places, the exterior of the church mural served as a fronton wall. Many priests became well known players as they had the wall nearby and met with the villagers after the Sunday mass for a match.
What once was a space for social gatherings and enthusiastic fronton competitions has often become a purposeless wall.
For the first part of my project, I photographed the fronton walls in the province of Soria, Zaragoza,Salamanca, Zamora and Avila.
Fronton walls are telling us a story of the people who have played here over the past centuries. The walls are marked by the many ball hits and scribblings left over the years.
As you walk around the village, you can hardly hear any sound apart from a bird chirping or the wind blowing around the closed houses. The walls stand there in silence and could be confused with a unique and peculiar installation of a contemporary artist.
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