Susana Espana Amed
Waiting For More Than Thirty Years
'Waiting for more than Thirty Years' deals with the paradox inherent in the action of waiting as a vehicle to meditate on conflicts and changes. Having a documentary approach and staging, I create interior portraits of Spanish and Saharawi people (ex-colonizer and ex-colonised), both in the same stage of limbo. Western Sahara, the last colony in Africa, located south of Morocco, in NW Africa along the Atlantic coast, is the only territory in the region that was not colonized by the French and instead was under Spanish rule for nearly a century. When Spain withdrew from its former colony, known then as Spanish Sahara, at the end of 1975, it sparked a long-standing territorial dispute. More than thirty years is the period of time that the Saharawi country has been waiting for the U.N to hold a referendum on their right to self-determination. My work reflects on the idea of waiting for something that never happens which materializes a failure.
Peter Ainsworth • Christian Alegria • Martin Bardell • Debby Besford • Manuel Capurso • Nicholas Chee • Hee Seung Chung • Ania Dabrowska • Hannah Dakin • Susana Espana Amed • Caroline Furneaux • Vron Harris • Sam Holden • Jesus Jimenez • Jochen Klein • Katarzyna Lason • Carol Sachs • Marianna Saraslanidou • Alan Shepherd • Rita Soromenho • Nick Stonehouse • Darren T. Elliott • Susan Truseler • Gill Vaux •