The Project Pontesa comes out from the original idea of A Bao A Qu
in collaboration with CGAI
coordinates a series of participatory photography workshops in secondary schools in Galicia where a team
of students works together in order to create photography projects to document their surroundings and to
learn how to use photography as a tool for communication. I teach photography from an instructive and
playful perspective where the kids can learn and enjoy using their cameras at the same time. The main
purpose is to encourage their sensitivity for the arts practice and to strengthen their teamwork skills.
Pontesa, lembranzas dunha fábrica is the output of a long process of observation, research, reflection and
edition of contents compiled and shot by the students of CPI Manuel Padín Truiteiro in Arcade (Soutomaior).
Between February and April 2014, I coordinated a group of 17 students who portrayed with photographs
and texts the old and abandoned factory of Pontesa with the help and support of a group of teachers who
guided them along the whole process.
The main idea is not just to recover from oblivion the industrial past of Arcade, but also to enhance the value
of a place loaded with history and with memories that go beyond the old legend of the largest factory in Spain
for the production of ceramics and fine porcelain. Pontesa played a key role in the industrial development of
the country, and a big impact in the area as well as in the residents’ lives, most of them now ex-workers of the
factory, who worked for decades in the factory building up a strong and unique collective memory now to be
recovered by a group of students.