Cat Boixeres

The interest in urban and suburban agriculture is steadily growing in cities around the globe, though “huertos (Castellano)/horts (Catalan)” - orchards - have a long tradition in the cities of Spain. Behind and around the Barcelona city's grey stone facade hides green patches of groves. These thickets can generally be divided into private, collective, municipal and unregistered ones. I say “generally” as it is difficult to define and label all of them. The municipalities in Barcelona owns a significant amount of groves which are primarily reserved for retired and socially vulnerable inhabitants. The plot of land is free while the harvested produce is for personal consumption. While bigger, private orchards are usually rented out as individual parcels of land to multiple farmers or are self-sufficient by suppling to local markets. Many, if not most, are simply not registered - clandestine - orchards, well hidden in-between highways and by train tracks. Still, produce from these plots seem to somehow make it to the markets around the city.

This project aims to show an important, organic, ever-changing element in Barcelona's social landscape through the aesthetics of multifaceted agriculture in the urban/suburban neighborhoods of the province. With especially focus on unregistered orchards as the extra dedication and creativity it takes from their farmers inspires. Two of the huertos depicted here were later erased off the land paving way for apartment houses.

The title "Cat Boixeres" combines a recurring character in the orchards - the cat - with the name of the location where the first orchard I saw is - in Can Boixeres. 

Composited of analogue images and screenshots from Google Maps.

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