TONI CATANY THE MOMENT PICKER

Portrait of Toni Catany © Adriá Pujol, 2008

 

 

Antoni Catany Jaume (Lluchmayor 1942- Barcelona 2013) was a Spanish photographer of recognized world-wide prestige that stood out for capturing classic subjects like the still lifes, the nude or the urban landscape. Catany has published a large number of photographic projects such as "Calotips", "Toni Catany, l'artista en el paradis" or "Obscura memòria". He has also received lot of awards and prizes, such as the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, awarded by the French Ministry of Culture (1991), and the National Photography Prize, awarded by the Ministry of Education And Culture in 2001.

 

 

Still life of Toni Catany. India, 2009. Exhibition in La Pedrera

 

 

Self-taught, it all started when he moved to Barcelona in 1960 to start his studies in Chemical Sciences. He also began his career as a photographer doing travel reports. But he did not follow the line of photojournalism as such, but began to build his own brand. Already in 1972, did his first exhibition. Seven years later he became known worldwide and began to use the technique of "calotype", thanks to this method invented by Talbot in 1839, his landscapes came to life and the still lifes along with the portrait were stained of that homesickness that so much desire the lovers of photography.

 

 

Alexis.Cuba, 1997. Toni Catany

 

 

The exhibition consists of 40 photographs that relate in an open and sincere way the whole trajectory of the artist. From 1967 until the last series in 2009 "profane altars" and "Some still lifes" in 2012. To complement this exhibition have been exhibited objects that are associated with the personality of the artist himself and his travels. Toni Catany, is a reference in the world of photography thanks to the clarity of his works. Based on traditional photography, his photographs reveal that strong artistic vocation that has consolidated him in the artistic world.

 

 

Photograph of Toni Catany 1997

 

 

This tireless researcher of the some photographic techniques, he knew to alternate the most contemporary with the most traditional techniques. In his later years, he used a digital camera, which allowed him to reproduce the range of purest colors. This is the legacy that leaves us this great artist, that you can enjoy until the 15 of January.

 

 

 

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.