Of uncertain origin, the correfocs or fire-runs have been part of Catalan folklore since the Middle Ages and are found in many of the village feasts of the Spanish Mediterranean arc. With considerable popular participation, youths of the village, dressed as devils, run through the streets in an astonishing display of fireworks, whilst from their balconies the neighbours pour water on the revellers, cooling their ardour and putting out any unwanted sparks. The noise and percussive shock from so much gunpowder, ignited with seemingly careless abandon, are matched by the electrified atmosphere of the streets where the celebrants’ excitement is palpable.
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Archival pigment print on Hahnemulle Photorag Pearl 320 gr. Edition of 10 + 2 exhibition proofs, measuring approximately 36 x 55 cm (14 x 21 in.). Other versions exist in silver gelatin impressions of varying sizes.