Me Duele el Chocho

Valeriano López

In this video, like in other earlier works such as Estrecho Adventure, Valeriano López presents a reality that, though present, remains in the background, and is often concealed.

In this occasion, López places the camera in the “Las Cuevas” neighbourhood of his hometown (Huéscar) in Granada, home of the gypsy community, and asks them to say writer Miguel de Unamuno’s sentence “My Spain hurts”. On its route, the camera records an area of social exclusion; of extreme poverty, while those who accept López’s proposal come up to the camera and speak the sentence out loud, as well as making some other comments. The video ends when a gypsy woman finally shouts out the sentence that gives the piece its title, in a gesture full of desperation as a result of a reality that does not change. Her attitude and the actual sentence leads the piece towards the material, towards the visceral, taking it away from distant and poetic abstractions that make no sense in such a context.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Me Duele el Chocho
  • Direction: Valeriano López
  • Production: Valeriano López. 2002.
  • Duration: 00:03:45
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Original format: Betacam SP
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: NTSC - PAL
  • License: Copyright