Castilla La Mancha is the central region of Spain. It is historically stagnated, the soil is dry and eighty percent of its surface is flat.

It is inhabited by an aged society conditioned and determined by the persistency of values and traditions that transcend the passage of time,

coexisting within the alterations on its immeasurably arid and flat landscape, surviving in the dualities and contradictions of everyday life.

 

Considering the complexity that prevails in human relationships, and the many factors that converge to generate a vision of the social and moral

universe of this Spanish region, I seek to inquire into values and traditions that reflect the virtues and vices that are to be found in the monotonous

reality of the people of this territory.

 

I retraced the steps of Don Quixote in Castilla La Mancha. The route is 2500km long and covers the five provinces of the region, Albacete, Cuenca,

Ciudad Real, Guadalajara and Toledo. I positioned myself as Don Quixote to see and assimilate this place. The result is an interpretation of an often

misunderstood and ignored land, a personal journey that delves into the lives of the inhabitants of Castilla La Mancha.

 

Duelos y Quebrantos is the name of a traditional dish from Castilla la Mancha, made of bacon, chorizo, lamb brains and eggs. Historically it was fed to

those who had recently converted to Christianity. The meal symbolized a break from their former religion. Miguel de Cervantes refers to this dish at

the beginning of Don Quixote.

2013 - 2016