Eugenio Forcano photographies exhibition in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando (Madrid).

Sin futuro, Barrio de Santa Caterina, Barcelona, 1964
Sin futuro, Barrio de Santa Caterina, Barcelona, 1964

The work of an almost obsessive, tireless observer, as was Eugeni Forcano can be seen until 31 August at the Museum of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando. "CATCH LIFE. EUGENI FORCANO. PHOTOGRAPHS 1960-1974" is an exhibition of 150 photographs that portraits the chronicle our towns and cities. 

Pata que quiere tocar pierna, Banyoles, Girona, 1966
"Market Day", "Gypsy People", "Life on the Street", Eugeni Forcano conserves on his camera how life happens, everyday, with the talks under the doors, the buzzy markets, the squares, the neighborhood and corners... All these things are the fuel of his fascination with the common people and the main pillar of his photographs about the development of Catalonia, the contrast between the city and rural areas, the last years of the war and the "franquismo". 
 
Now the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando collect a good sample of the enormous work of the National Photography Prize 2012 "Catching life. Eugeni Forcano. Photographs 1960-1974 ". The selection of 150 photographs is done by the curator Daniel Giralt-Miracle, "highlights the work of which I think he is most proud because on one hand is the one that allowed him to devote himself to photography and on the other it is the brooch with which decided to close their career. "
 
Exaltación franquista, catedral, Barcelona, 1962
The exhibition includes the "Experimental Photography" section, with images taken between 1980 and 1995, when it was proposed to investigate the possibilities of color photography, with influences of surrealism and abstraction. In addition, a selection of magazines, books about his work and the chapter dedicated to him in the documentary series "The Voice of the image" complete the journey through the work of one of the foremost chroniclers of Spain in the last years of the war.
Por bulerías, Canet de Mar, Barcelona, 1963
Self-taught, born in Barcelona in 1926 and raised in Canet de Mar, Forcano wanted to know the world and on his path he met dozens of anonymous people that appear in his photos. He took a place in the news-weekly "Destino", recommended by Verges and Nestor Luján. 
 
Together with his brother opened Forcano studies, dedicated to portraiture, illustration, fashion and advertising. In 2005 he was awarded the Gold Medal of Barcelona and starred in the major retrospective "Eugeni Forcano. Photographs, 1960-1996. "In 2012 he received the National Prize for Photography and the Creu de Sant Jordi from the Generalitat de Catalunya. 
 
Oración en el desierto, Hogares Mundet, Barcelona, 1968

In his photographs, said Andres Trapiello, "the most important is the heartbeat of all that still lives", and that his characters "you can hear they talking", as Josep Maria Espinas said and as the art critic and curator Rosario Martínez Rochina remarks in her texts.

 
Confidencias, catedral, Barcelona, 1966

 

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.