After 86 years and more than 13 million cars the Opel car factory in Antwerp (Belgium) closed its doors on 2010 laying off more than 2600 workers, not counting the suppliers. Victim of the financial crisis of 2008, when the European car market dropped more than 1.5 million vehicles sold, the factory is 237ac including 84ac of buildings. In this ghost landscape traces of former lives and activities are apparent, but the faces of the people whom they belong to are lost. This vast area is now a soulless grey desert where nature is slowly making inroads reclaiming the vast expanses adding splashes of green and yellow on the grey uniform industrial canvas. In this series, photographer Alberto Mesirca explores the relationships between the different colors representing the past (grey) and the future (green, yellow) and between the movement of the lines, straight and organic.
Alberto Mesirca : Opel, the end of a dream