"PIGS is a term coined by the business and financial press as a way to refer to Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain during their current financial plight.
What started as a pejorative label used by neoconservatives, mainly from English speaking countries, was eventually taken up for some time without any qualms by the media.
Excessively high levels of public and private debt, government deficits, a property bubble and, generally speaking, very disappointing political and economic policies, have put the PIGS in the crosshairs. It is alleged that the PIGS won’t be able to bear the pressure of sharing a common currency with their stronger European brethren. In this analysis, the forced exit of at least some of the PIGS from the Euro would lead soon to the demise of the European currency. - Yet, how much truth is there to this?
I have attempted to illustrate the stereotypes brought up by the term PIGS. In other words, what we would see if we were to translate into images the articles we read in the financial press. This is how I imagine economists see us.
The result is a collection of clichés, both true and incomplete. The same way a travel guide carefully avoids anything seemingly unattractive, this book shows much of what we find embarrassing, oftentimes rightly, and at times unfairly. Either way, it’s just an artifice with which to highlight a specific aspect of life in the PIGS. In the end, what stands out the most is the glaring absence in these images of all that is positive, beautiful and promising in our countries – and that still endures. - See The Pigs website." (Carlos SPOTTORNO)
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About the photographer, Carlos SPOTTORNO (b.1971 in Budapest):
Carlos SPOTTORNO raised in Rome, Paris and Madrid.
Art director in an advertising agency; switching into professional photography in 2001.
Since then own self-produced, documentary long term projects combined with professional assignments both editorial and commercial.
Awards: World Press Photo in 2003, YIPPA in 2011, American Photography 24, 26 and 27. Finalist for a Visa d’Or in 2008, the European Publishers Award in 2009 and 2013, and RM Photobook Award in 2012.
His photos has been published by National Geographic España, El País Semanal, D Magazine, Marie Claire France and OjodePez among others.
Books: 'History Seekers' (Blur Ediciones), 'China Western' (La Fabrica), 'Philosophia Naturalis' (self published) and 'La Hora del Recreo – Break Time' (Lünwerg).
In Banker-Kreisen ist klar: unter the PIGS versteht man dort die Staaten Portugal, Italien, Griechenland und Spanien. Der junge, spanische Fotograf Carlos SPOTTORNO hat sich das Design des Manager-Magazins 'The Economist' vorgenommen, und seine eigenen Aufnahmen integriert, um so Vorurteil + Realität zu verbinden.
Das Resultat ist ein sarkastischer Boomerang in Richtung der für die ökonomische Krise wirklich Verantwortlichen.... Die Publikation hat zu Recht den diesjährigen Photobook Award gewonnen!