For Unto Every One That Hath Shall Be Given
2016 – 2020
Spain and Great Britain are nearly a thousand kilometers apart, and since Brexit they are no longer linked to each other through the EU. Nonetheless, they share a common border. In the extreme southwest of Europe, the continent’s challenges crystallize on the cliffs that jut up out of the ocean.
Gibraltar is a place of narrow streets that offers little room for people but many virtual spaces for business. Visitors must first cross La Línea de la Concepción, a kind of Spanish barbican for the British enclave. While Gibraltar is a booming magnet for tourism and tax evaders, a third of the people in La Línea are unemployed. While the profits of online casinos flow to Gibraltar, drugsmuggling ships land in the hinterlands of La Línea.
It is rare that the inequality of late European capitalism—which usually only takes the form of numbers and statistics, sociology books and political speeches—appears as obviously as
it does here on the heels of Europe.
It is here that Heinrich Holtgreve has taken photographs that are sometimes romantic, sometimes sobering, and every now and then ironic.