ART PHOTO BCN AGAINST THE TRAFFIC OF TALENTS

 

 

With more than 2000 participants, among them 100 photographers, 12 galleries and 6 specialized schools, the IV Edition of this festival bets on a reinforcement of the artist's vision denouncing the talent flight that is suffering today. Powered by Art Deal Project, an art agency led by Isabel Lázaro, curator, art historian and gallery owner, this meeting has been consolidated thanks to the emerging photography show.

 

 

 

 

Art Photo BCN is defined as an artistic showcase and inflection point, in which all the professionals of the sector contribute their particular granite of sand. The festival has a large selection committee composed of Gonzalo Golpe (independent editor), Moritz Neumüller (curator of Art), Semiramis González (art curator), Jesús Micó (director of Kursala, UCA), Simona Rota ), Isabel Lázaro (Art Photo Bcn), Stefano Marchei (Art Photo Bcn) and Ariadna Serra (designer). As well as, visioners that bring the extra quality to an event of these characteristics. Eliza Norandi (curator and director of the MAV Festival in Catalonia), Erika Bornay (UB), Angel Samblancat (Marchante), Flor Vacherand (CC Pati. Llimona), Ada Sbricolli and Arola Valls (CFD Barcelona), Carmen Dalmau (Zero Gallery - EFTI), Roger Batista and Xavier Frances (COPIA), Alejandro Maureira (NEXO PHOTO) and Gustavo Alemán (Fuego Books).

 

 

 

Thanks to the collaboration of these professionals, a series of prizes will be awarded according to the relevant category, these are:

 

ART PHOTO BCN PRIZE Image and exhibition space at the next edition of the Art Photo Bcn festival
CFD PRIZE Exhibition
CENTER CIVIC PATI LLIMONA PRIZE Exhibition
EFTI AWARD Training grant at EFTI. International Center of Photography and Cinema. Madrid
COPIES WALL AWARD Production and exhibition
IDEP PRIZE Scholarship for IDEP training to study the Postgraduate of Contemporary Art Photography during the 2017-18 academic year

 

Photographers and projects:
- Gema Polanco, As God Rules
- Bárbara Traver, Portrait
- Oriol Miñarro, LÓBULO OCCIPITAL
- Leafhopper - Blanca Galindo & David Simon Martret, It's a wonderful life
- Antonio González Caro, Hunting shadows
- Fernando García Berdeja, First fiction: divergences
- José Luis Carrillo, The children of the deer
- Tiago Casanova, Uncover

 

 

 

 

There will also be a series of activities including Workshop, Scenic Photography, and Workshop The goal is the way. Masterclass, The curious world of the photobook. Facilities, Relationships and Dependencies, photography and installation by Lola Guerrera. Round table with, Phenomenon photolibro, Protagonists and processes. With the participation of: Jon Uriarte, Toni Amengual, Alberto Salván (Three Graphic Types), among others and the course taught by Abel Azcona, Visual Empowerment: from the body to the image. For more information info@artphotobcn.com

 

 

 

 

 

Thirteen years have passed since its beginnings, and in all this time the Video Art Festival PROYECTOR has grown and consolidated its position as an essential event in this discipline. Since its inception, the initiative has tried to give visibility to a discipline that has always been relegated to the background in the usual exhibition circuits. Although video creation is not new, since it emerged by its own in the 60s of last century, the way to get to know it and enjoy it has not always been easy. On many occasions, the exhibitions only included a few isolated pieces within the main route, as if the video was the anecdotal contribution to the whole. However, our daily lives are invaded by moving images, and there is a paradox that video art, despite being a format of artistic expression very much in tune with the habits of today's society, remains a minority discipline

Frame from “Hel City”, by Gregorio Méndez Sáez, 2019

To some extent, PROYECTOR was born to reverse this situation, to value video as a creative format and to offer a wide, itinerant space to host a multitude of proposals, coming from inside and outside our borders. In this time, the growth of the festival has led it to travel the world, but also, to be a benchmark that each year arouses more interest. In the open call to receive proposals, they reach almost half a thousand, and a hundred works selected by the jury are a representative sample of different ways of understanding video creation, with pieces mainly from Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

In turn, PROYECTOR wants to be more than a video showcase and offers a large program with talks, workshops, masterclasses, meetings with artists, visits and concerts. A complete experience that always has the moving image as a backdrop.

El Instante Francisco Ruiz de Infante. El bosque que se mueve (errores de medida)

In this evolution, another circumstance stands out: video is a creative format that has its own codes, but it is also one of the disciplines most open to artistic hybridization and the widening of uses. The video may, therefore, be the genuine idea of an author who conceives an autonomous project to be carried out in this format, but it can also be the complementary result of an action or the documentary record of a previous performance being recorded to guarantee its survival. The versatility of the moving image and the potential that it has acquired in recent years allows us today to speak of numerous branches of art that focus on the fusion of languages and the integration of techniques and methodologies from other sectors, and in many of them, the video is still a cornerstone. So it is with technological art, interactive sound art, performance recording, the transformation from big data to image, artificial intelligence, and a long etcetera. Precisely for this reason, PROYECTOR offers a panoramic vision of this reality, with an extremely interesting program that plays with the variety and wealth of proposals.

Frame from “Herdança”, by Thiago Rocha Pitta, 2007

The 2020 edition will run from September 9th to 20th. As usual, the program displays in various venues throughout the city of Madrid, each of which will house a small section of the activities. This year the festival will count with the collaboration of the Casa Árabe, White Lab, Cruce, El Instante Fundación, ¡ésta es una PLAZA!, Extensión AVAM (Matadero Madrid), Institut Français de Madrid, Medialab Prado, Quinta del Sordo, Sala Alcalá 31, Sala El Águila, Secuencia de Inútiles and White Lab, in addition to the collaboration of the INELCOM Collection and the video art collection of Teresa Sapey.

The festival is also the ideal place to articulate the cultural fabric, since it involves numerous professionals in the sector, from curators to creators, from centres managers to critics and teachers. The 2020 program also has the collaboration of the FUSO Festival and the Museo Reina Sofía, which are providing some of their pieces for the exhibition.

In short, an appointment that lovers of contemporary art should not miss and that promises many novelties in this 13th edition.