August 29 - September 23 2019

August 29 - September 23 2019

Jordi will work on his ongoing project The United Soya Republic, which explores the impact of industrial agriculture and cattle ranching in South America. The region is experiencing an unprecedented upheaval in economy, lifestyle and environmental changes, but also land-grabbing and the expulsion of local communities. Jordi connects the dots between the local realities and the major global developments that are creating them.

October 3 - November 3 2019

October 3 - November 3 2019

Ludwig was proposed as a Docker by Arjon Dunnewind, director of multimedia arts festival IMPAKT in Utrecht. During the festival the Story Station will move to Utrecht, where Ludwig will work on his project Playtime and meet many experts in the digital field.

November 7 - 26 2019

November 7 - 26 2019

Life in the small settlement Evenkis, near the Nizhnyaya Tunguska River in the far north of Russia, is extremely isolated. About 130 people live in the settlement, where there are no roads and the nearest town is 300 kilometres away. In Out-of-the-Way, Elena examines the influence of isolation on the emotional and social development of people and their relationship to their environment.

December 3 - 23 2019

December 3 - 23 2019

Russian Spring is a photographic project inspired by Loulou's grandmother's fear of her childhood Russia. It is based on Loulou’s and her grandmother’s personal memories, on historical facts, and on current theories and speculations about how Russia might invade Sweden in the future.

 Docker #26

Jordi Ruiz Cirera

A journey through the heartlands of the Southern Cone's agribusiness, The United Soya Republic is a portrayal of the changes to the landscape and the socio-economic tissue brought about by intensive farming and exportation of produce in Argentina and Paraguay.

Food insecurity has become one of the most pressing issues of our time due to long-term global developments such as climate change, population growth, water scarcity and the increasing demand for meat and dairy. Large estate agriculture focused on genetically modified seeds, and the substantial use of agrochemicals to improve harvests, has been implemented in several parts of the world, bringing together genetic engineering, food processing, and bio-fuels, with the underlying promise of tackling hunger.

Along several trips to the region, I met with landowners, labourers, activists, jobless farmers, and those affected by toxic pesticides put on the land in order to understand and illustrate the complexities of land issues and their effect on the local communities. There I documented the destabilizing effects of these growing agricultural shifts, witnessing cases of social unrest, deforestation, environmental contamination and internal migration—an issue that is ever more present in our world. After a while, I realised that the heart of the project would be to document the inequalities existing in the rural areas, inequalities made worse by the demands of the global market and neoliberal policies.

This work is part of a long-term photographic documentary with which I seek to speak of the challenges of food production and its distribution in our globalised world.


Who? Jordi Ruiz Cicera

From Spain

Docking August 29th - September 23th 2019

Working on The United Soya Republic

About Land issues related with agribusiness

Jordi Ruiz Cirera is an independent documentary photographer and filmmaker from Barcelona. Devoted to long-term projects, Jordi focuses on the effects of globalisation in small communities and how residents are adapting to it, and, since his relocation to Mexico City, on migration issues across the Americas.

He often works with international publications and has been the recipient of the Magnum Foundation’s Emergency Fund and the winner of global awards, including the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in London, Magnum’s ‘30 under 30’, POYi, the Lucie Awards, Magenta Flash Forward, and the AOP’s Student Photographer of the Year. His work has been exhibited widely in galleries and at festivals, and belongs to a number of private collections.

In 2014, Jordi published his first monograph, Los Menonos, with independent publishing house Éditions du LIC. He holds a BA in Design and an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the London College of Communication.