18th edition Photoespaña International Festival

To celebrate its 18th anniversary, the International Festival of Photography and Visual Arts PHotoEspaña has chosen Latin America as exploration stage and an invitation, See You here, as a motto.
 

It was created as limited to Madrid and just turned 18 years, the festival is an international reference. The PHotoEspaña Festival, which celebrates its 18th edition from June 3 to August 30, will feature more than 100 international exhibitions in its various national offices (Madrid, Alcala de Henares, Alcobenda, Getafe, Lanzarote and Zaragoza) and international locations(Cascais, Lisbon Bogota, London, Panama, Paris and São Paulo) where you can enjoy the work of about 400 artists, half of them Latin Americans on this occasion, which include names like Julio Zadik, Korda, Ana Casas Broda, Martí Chambi, Graciela Iturbide and Miguel Rio Branco.

 

PHotoEspaña develops this time a monograph devoted to Latin American photography, following the path initiated in the 2014 edition of addressing a geographical area. As the organization explains on its website, an encyclopedic approach is impossible, so they want to present "a platform that shows the confluence and conflicts of the photographic medium in that territory." In addition, the exhibition program will analyze the development and complexity of Latin American photography, from its origins to the present, collecting cross visions and contextualizing themes and proposals.

For the general program, PHOTOESPAÑA has chose "a different viewpoint from the known" and as an example of this, surely, the exhibition of Alberto Diez Gutierrez KORDA, in the Cerralbo Museum in Madrid. In it, the legendary Cuban photographer famous by portraying Che Guevara, is revealed here as a commercial photographer specializing in enhancing feminine beauty.

Un Korda apenas conocido, el publicitario.

 

Also within the general program, this time in the Circulo de Bellas Artes, highlights  "Kinderwunsch" the exhibition of Ana Casas Broda (Granada, 1965) presenting a project of more than seven years where she works on motherhood as somewhat mixed experience through exploration and personal research. Another interesting exhibit is titled "Building worlds. Photography and architecture in the modern era, "and shows more than two hundred and fifty works of eighteen relevant photographers, from the 1930s to the present, that have changed the way we view architecture and to reflect on the world in which we live.

 

1) Imagen de Construyendo otros mundos.

2) Ana Casas Broda. Kinderwunsch.

 

In this edition, the PHotoEspaña Revelation Photographer Award (to photographers under 35 whose work is featured in the previous year) was for Aleix Plademunt. The jury, formed by a committee of 17 artists, curators and journalists, praised his technical precision, formal rigor and sensitivity in their work.

 

Fotografía de Aleix Plademunt.

 

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This program shows the selection made by the galleries of Madrid for the festival and this time with the participation of 31 spaces, they promote works of artists of middle and younger generations. In this sense, the exhibition UNDER35 (in IvoryPress until July 18) presents the work of Laia Abril, Alberto Lizaralde, Javier Marquerie Thomas, Oscar Ruiz and Jordi Cirera Monzón, all of them under 35 years.
 
In BAT Gallery we can enjoy "Three women, three looks"... a feminine vision with photographs of Irene Irene Cruz (Madrid, 1987), Leticia Felgueroso (Madrid, 1963) and Sheila Pazos (Switzerland, 1986), three multidisciplinary artists, with their own style, their own imaginary universe that invite to be swayed by emotion and browse through your pictures as a world of expressions.

Sheila Pazos. Mirando al mar.

Meanwhile, Valverde Space Gallery presents "Latitudes" by the Photographer Luis Asin (Madrid, 1962) that makes a foray into the land of intimacy with a metaphorical story as a vehicle: images suggest poetic connections that are based on the biography of Asin but moving towards an evocative and polisémic meaning.

Within PHOTOESPAÑA you can also visit one of the largest collections of Latin American photography, comprising more than 160 works by 60 artists. It is the private collection of Anna Gamazo, wife of financier Juan Abelló, which can be seen for the first time in the municipal space CentroCentroCibeles.

 

 

The cultural agenda gradually recovers after the health-crisis halt and art lovers are eager to enjoy the rich cultural offer that the different spaces and museums throughout our geography have to offer. In addition, one must remember that these centres have made an enormous effort to adapt to the demands that the new situation imposes and have created abundant online-accessible content to overcome confinement. We bring you a selection of content that can be visited both in person and through the web. There is no excuse for not enjoying contemporary art again.

Olafur Eliasson, “En la vida real (In real life)”, 2019

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao continues with its exhibition dedicated to Olafur Eliasson and offers numerous resources to understand not only the exhibition but also the work of the centre in the assembly and installation process. The website allows us to expand content with interviews with the artist, the download of the audio guide and the vision of the curator Lucía Aguirre, who offers us different video-pills on the pieces in the exhibition.

"Olafur Eliasson: in real life" brings together a part of this artist's work since 1990 through sculptures, photographs, paintings and installations that play with reflections and colours. Likewise, the integration of elements such as moss, water, ice, fog... put the visitor in a situation that confuses the senses and tries to challenge the way we perceive our environment and move in it.

Regina de Miguel, “Isla Decepción”, 2017

The Botín Centre in Santander hosts the exhibition "Collecting processes: 25 years of Itineraries" which brings together the work of 25 of the 210 scholarship recipients who, to date, have enjoyed the Botín Foundation Plastic Arts Scholarship, started in 1993. With the works Lara Almárcegui, Basma Alsharif, Leonor Antunes, Javier Arce, Erick Beltrán, David Bestué, Bleda and Rosa, Nuno Cera, Patricia Dauder, Patricia Esquivias, Karlos Gil, Carlos Irijalba, Adrià Julià, Juan López, Rogelio López Cuenca, Renata Lucas, Mateo Maté, Jorge Méndez Blake, Regina de Miguel, Leticia Ramos, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Teresa Solar Abboud, Leonor Serrano Rivas, Jorge Yeregui, David Zink-Yi, the exhibition is a good example of up-to-date and young contemporary art contributed by artists with very diverse profiles.

Clemente Bernad. Series “Ante el umbral”, Madrid, 2020

The Reina Sofía Museum wanted to create a visual chronicle of what the confinement and the tragic numbers of infected and deceased have meant for the lives of many of us: a tale of pain, nostalgia and uncertainty made by the photographer Clemente Bernad. This exhibition, curated by Jorge Moreno Andrés, is entitled “Before the threshold”, a title that expresses the strange sensation that occurs when faced with something new and unknown, something that we cannot control or avoid, and that we all must go through. The alteration imposed on our lives unexpectedly is reflected in the streets, transformed into places of solitude and abandonment where life has been paralysed.

Mario Merz / No title, Triplo Igloo, 1984 MAXXI Collection

At the IVAM, the exhibition "What is our home?" brings together works from the IVAM collection and the MAXXI centre in Rome to propose a reflection on the space we inhabit seen from a personal and social perspective. It is about investigating the value that these spaces have as a home or refuge, as well as part of a city or community.

The exhibition, curated by José Miguel G. Cortés, also wants to delve into the feeling of those who feel like foreigners anywhere, because they do not identify with the habits or customs of the society, they do not fit into these social patterns, and home becomes the only shelter space that can adapt to their identity needs.

Martha Rosler, frame from “Backyard Economy I-II”, 1974 © Courtesy of Martha Rosler, 2020

Es Baluard Museu is committed to video creation and performance and hosts the monographic exhibition “Martha Rosler. How do we get there from here?” dedicated to this New York artist who pioneered the use of video as a mechanism for social and political analysis. This exhibition includes various works, from video to photography and several publications, which synthesise her main lines of discourse. Her concern for public policies and the social equality of women has led her to actively participate in numerous social movements in La Havana, New York, Mexico DC or Barcelona, and these experiences are present in one way or another in her work.

With the curatorship of Inma Prieto, a selection has been made within the abundant production of this artist, which presents one of the most coherent careers in towards-the-new-Millenium contemporary art.

Image from file, via meiac.es/turbulence/archive/acceso.html

The MEIAC - Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, host the works of the prestigious international digital art archive "Turbulence", a platform dedicated to network and hybrid art. In view of the inevitable closure of this institution, the MEIAC has offered to host all this valuable content collected since 1996. The uploading of the file also served as an opportunity to restore numerous pieces and convert formats so that files that had become obsolete remain readable by new systems. A huge job of conservation and updating that can be enjoyed online today. The archive is made up of hundreds of digital works from around the world that can now be visited remotely.