Artist in Residence: Jordi Jon Pardo

Meet the artist-in-residence at Montemero Art Residency! Jordi Jon Pardo is a young photographer from Barcelona. He specifically focuses on desertification and tries to sensitize the local population towards Spain's biggest threat: draught. During the residency, @jordijon will be continuing his research 'Árida'.⁣

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'Árida' documents the Spanish lands currently at risk of desertification. 80% of the state’s territory is prone to desertification during the 21st century. Most affected will be the regions of Murcia, Alicante, and Almeria, according to investigations led by the Spanish Environmental Ministry in the past decade.⁣⁣

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‘Árida’ wants to develop and work on the main factors that trigger this phenomenon in Spain: from the unsustainable exploitation of water resources, which is the cause of serious environmental damage and loss of plant cover due to repeated torrential flooding. Consequently, the abandonment of many lands within the communities as well as the concentration of economic activity in coastal areas as a result of urban growth, industrial activities, mass tourism and⁣⁣ industrial agriculture.⁣⁣

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**MAR is a collaboration project between @iksvyart and @finca.montemero.**


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