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Everything under the sun is gradually building a devastating discourse in which there are no complaints or pamphlets, showing that, over the years, tourism has not been an option, but a reality that the people of the towns could not avoid: living off the thousands of tourists who visited the beaches was their only chance while politics took advantage of the situation, without having to think about a future resolved by a tourist manna that seemed inexhaustible and paradisiacal. An argument that faces the omnipresent cement and bombastic slogans with the only way out that people have left: resignation. A feeling that permeates each of the looks of the characters that Ana Penyas draws, defeated by an inertia that forces them to be part of the reality that takes them away and gradually replaces the life they could have had with that of a colorful cardboard stone postcard, where the Sun is eternal and flamenco is danced 24 hours a day. day.

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But Penyas’s work does not end there: it also manages to show the deep roots of this culture of quick opportunity in our current society and that the disappearance of the neighborhoods devastated by touristification is only the result of those rains. The poisonous mud that reaches cities today is the updated and improved reading of the same phenomenon that transformed the white and sailor towns of the Mediterranean into emulators of the New York skyline. The passage of time has only changed the scales and the aesthetics, but the dynamics that permeated the advertisements of the 60s are what move the pages of tourist apartments today.

A reflection as necessary as it is brilliant.