Rif, historic and visual memory
The start of 2017 caught Andoni Lubaki in Al Hoceima, covering the protests that set the Rif region on fire. The activist Nasser Zafzafi then emerged as a modern Abdelkrim, that Berber leader who took up arms against Spanish colonialism at the beginning of the 20th century. Today, that chapter of Spanish history continues to be clouded with mystery in the eyes of public opinion.
While he was in Rif, Lubaki received a call from home: after more than a hundred years missing, the photos that his great-grandfather, Eustaquio Berriochoa, had taken of the daily of the soldiers in that colonial war had been found in a suitcase. Miraculously, all of them were well preserved and meticulously dated. We are talking about the only graphic material about what was not wanted to be shown, and that time almost manages to erase. A real treasure.
The project of “Rif, visual historical memory” is articulated around that collection of photos that put a face, for the first time, to the winners and losers of that Spanish colonial adventure. In other words, it’s about adding the missing piece to the visual puzzle of the most forgotten war in recent Spanish history.
“Rif, memoria historiko bisuala” bilduma horren inguruan garatzen da. Espainiar kolonia hartako irabazle eta galtzaileei aurpegia jartzen die lehendabizikoz. Espainiako historiaren gerrarik ahaztuenetako puzleari falta zaion pieza dugu honako hau.