Canto VI

Rogelio López Cuenca. 2005. Spain. 5’


“In our century, hospitality has been replaced by the hospitality industry. When we see the word in print or we hear it from somebody's lips, it is always in the context of the commercial world: whether it be in reference to a holiday package deal, a hotel or the customer service offered by an air hostess. Hospitality has become merchandise, and luxury merchandise at that. A service provided in exchange for cash, or better still, for a signed slip guaranteeing payment by some prestigious credit card. In this world of economic trade, we are vulnerable without the shield of a Mastercard or American Express card. Only the balance of our plastic can protect us.” Hector Zagal and Julián Etienne: Sobre la Hospitalidad.