Ignacio Evangelista was born in Valencia in 1965. He received his bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Valencia before turning to photography. Ignacio applies an underlying theme of the human trace in his work. His project, After Schengen, of old and deserted border crossing points, was awarded The Project Development Grant from CENTER in Sante Fe.
The After Schengen photo series is about photographing some of the old border crossing points that still exist out of order in all the states of the European Union. Border crossings have a function of geographical boundaries, but also an coercitive role since they prevent the free passage of people between one and another state. So there are places that, along with a cartographic dimension, are provided with historical, economic and political reminiscences; aspects absolutely related to landscape from a contemporary and transversal perspective.
These quasi archaeological ruins have become part of the current landscape, forming a presence of the past that lies dormant in the present. The old border crossings are slowly disappearing, some are renovated and reconverted to new uses, some are destroyed for vandals, and some other just fall down due to the passing of time. So, after some few years there will be no possibility to look at these strong signs and symbols of the recent European history.
To view more of Ignacio’s work please visit his website.