Granja: Stories (about) being forgotten was born from the desire to expose and pay homage to the lifestyle of the inhabitants of Granja, a Portuguese village in the district of Viseu. As a consequence of the post-industrial urban migration tragically hitting the country, the rural village is nowadays nearly deserted and threatened to disappear. The few elderly people remaining see the settlement changing beyond recognition and struggle to preserve their traditional social practices.
Journalist Nuno Ferreira once wrote that every person who dies is a library of popular knowledge which disappears; a reality that will not return. This series of memento mori aims to record an image of the ethos of the community and its ways of living before it vanishes forever. The photographs are the result of the combination of people’s nostalgic narratives and the photographer’s own vision of the particularities of the place.