Berenice Abbott » Leila Alaoui » Manuel Alvarez Bravo » Paula Anta » Luis Areñas » Erea Azurmendi » Elina Brotherus » Alicia Caldera » Carmen Calvo » Alejandra Carles-Tolra » Juan Manuel Castro Prieto » Sharon Core » Rogelio López Cuenca » Donna Ferrato » Miquel González » Roger Grasas » Hervé Guilbert » I-Ting Hou » Délio Jasse » David Jiménez » Kimsooja » William Klein » Nacho López » Laura Letinsky » Jesús Madriñán » Diana Markosian » Ramón Masats » Joel Meyerowitz » Nicolás (Miklós) Muller (Müller) » Eduardo Nave » Bernard Plossu » Patrick Pound » Tony Ray-Jones » Alberto Schommer » Clare Strand » Enrique Toribio » Rafael Trapiello » Javier Vallhonrat » Clément Verger » Darío Villalba » Aimée Zito Lema » & others
Festival: 5 Jun – 1 Sep 2019
Wed 5 Jun
PHotoESPAÑA 2019 will take place between 5 June and 1 September consisting of 85 exhibitions with works by 296 photographers and visual artists and a programme made up of nine activities for professionals and the general public, held across 40 different venues.
In Déjà Vu? Susan Bright reflects on the identity of photography and its evolution over the course of history
The British writer and curator Susan Bright has designed Déjà vu?, a programme composed of five individual exhibitions that reflect on the identity of photography and the evolution of its meaning over the course of history. The artists invited to participate in the programme are Elina Brotherus, Clare Strand, Laura Letinsky, Sharon Core, Patrick Pound and Délio Jasse. ‘In all of the presented works, you can sense a fundamental change in the way photography functions, from the original concept through to its public display in this day and age. The programme’s contemporary works explore this metamorphosis and deal with the function, identity and role of the medium itself. In the selection there is a return to the historical relationship that photography has with painting, and a shift in the way that certain photographs were once considered but are now cast anew. Each artist grapples with photography to question its limits, its function, its expectations, its history and its legacy’, states Bright.
Fernán Gómez. Centro Cultural de la Villa will host three of the individual exhibitions that comprise Déjà vu? Elina Brotherus will present Playground with work inspired by the Fluxus movement. The artist poses questions related to art, the role of history, authorship, repetition and performance in a project created between 2016 and 2018 that includes 60 photographs and 30 videos. Brotherus creates a series of performances serving as a set of pictures that interrelate with one another and are reflected in their own historical references. Clare Strand will present The Discrete Channel with Noise, a group of works that examine what happens when information is misleading, misunderstood or misinterpreted. In the case of Strand, this loss of information occurs when she applies the experiment to her own work, whereby a medium—in this case, photography—is transformed into another one: painting. The result is a poignant manifestation of collaboration and communication with faults, fortitude and misunderstandings evident from the paint marks on paper. Furthermore, in O outro capítulo the Angolan photographer Délio Jasse reconstructs the socio-political history of the Portuguese colonies through the lost photographs and archives of two families. His work is a reflection on domestic spaces and everyday acts and the paradoxes in which they are enshrouded in certain contexts. Jasse presents the series Lost Chapter Nampula-1963 and Nova Lisboa based on a collection of slides that, together with other personal objects, were in a drawer that the artist found at a market in Lisbon. Jasse checked official documents, examined several photographic studies and printed out the photographs in order to investigate and discover the identity and whereabouts of the families.
At the Museo del Romanticismo, Sharon Core and Laura Letinsky establish a dialogue through which both artists draw on traditional representations of still lifes. The work of both Core and Letinsky is a sophisticated survey of the photographic medium and the still life genre. Both recreate their images on photographic plates, which question history and our image-dominated culture. Core revisits well-known paintings (in this case of flowers and fruit) and carefully replicates them. Working with a very different method, Letinsky incorporates cuttings from advertising and art and fashion magazines into her pictures. To these montages she then adds objects and reproductions, dissolving all sense of hierarchy. Together the two artists present a completely contemporary vision of the genre by creating works that explore the reproduction and distribution of images.
At the Museo Lázaro Galdiano, Patrick Pound will reflect on the meaning behind collecting things. He explores personal archives, amassed over years of obsessive and meticulous searching, which include found photographs, everyday objects and newspaper and magazine cuttings. As if the world were one big jigsaw puzzle, Pound reorders these fragments through juxtapositions to create a broader, albeit imagined, logic. By doing so, banal and detached moments in time are elevated to become reflections on the human condition.
Great masters of international photography, collections and various generations of Spanish photographers in the Official Section
Coinciding with his 90th birthday, William Klein comes to Espacio Fundación Telefónica with Manifesto, the photographer’s first great retrospective in Spain. The exhibition will examine his photography as well as his painting, graphic work and cinematographic pieces to render a comprehensive portrait of the artist. Always in amongst the action, close to his subject to really capture the skin’s tension lines, Klein created some of his most important street photography in cities such as New York, Rome, Moscow and Tokyo during the fifties. ‘There is a celebration going on, without a doubt, in each and every one of these photographs. Celebration, affirmation, discovery, confirmation, revelation: these are all things that happen every time I press the shutter button. If all goes well, in no time at all I have millions of surprises to celebrate’, says the artist.
At the Círculo de Bellas Artes Donna Ferrato gathers together the testimonies of survivors of domestic violence in the United States. Holy is forged from the wrath of women towards a world in which they are hated. Ferrato’s photographs show that women are capable of surviving, but beyond merely surviving, Holy depicts the women who prevail. The viewer is invited to understand how it feels to be scorned by the patriarchy against which they fight and how they manage to maintain a sense of desire and courage. Ferrato’s images reveal the female body in all its monstrous glory, including her own.
At the same venue, the Sala Picasso room will host the exhibition Avant-Garde and Propaganda. Soviet books and magazines in the Archivo Lafuente 1913–1941, which continues on from last year’s show on Russian avant-garde photography. This time round a selection of publications—photobooks and magazines, together with other related documents—are presented, exploring the great dawn of typography, photomontage and photobooks in the Soviet Union between 1913 and 1941. All the material belongs to the Lafuente Archive, whose Russian Avant-Garde and Soviet Realism collection holds over 1,300 pieces. Through Fundación ENAIRE comes Fly! 100 Years in the Sky, an exhibition that covers 100 years of commercial aviation in Spain through historical and up-to-date images, which bear witness to the revolution that its development represented in the history of Spain.
Fundación Mapfre will once again participate in the PHotoESPAÑA programme with a monographic exhibition of the American photographer Berenice Abbott , one of the photographers who most effectively portrayed the transformation of New York City in the mid-twentieth century. Successor to the documentary tradition of Eugène Atget, who she herself helped to discover, Abbott took portraits of countless figures from the intellectual scene during her time in Paris. In just a few years she earned an important place among European portrait artists and bridged the gap between the European avant-garde and the burgeoning art scene on the east coast of the United States.
Casa de América will host the work of Joel Meyerowitz . Towards the Light brings together a selection of images taken during his stint in Spain in the late seventies. 98 photographs from the collection of Fundació Per Amor a l’Art, almost all of them taken between 1966 and 1967 in Malaga, where he lived together with the Escalonas, one of the most prominent flamenco families in the city. The same venue will host two other exhibitions: in Over the Rainbow, Diana Markosian , the recipient of the Elliott Erwitt Havana Club 7 Fellowship 2018, combines photography and video with documentary images to create a multi-layered portrait of a Cuban girl’s transition into womanhood. The Cuban photographer will also be the protagonist of The Image Without Limits, an anthological exhibition that covers almost two centuries of photographic history on the island, by means of 50 of its most prominent artists.
Casa Árabe will host the exhibition The Moroccans, by Leila Alaoui , which will present a series of 30 portraits that trace the photographer’s journey, in her portable studio, through her native country.
The Real Jardín Botánico, one of the festival’s most emblematic venues, will host several shows. These will include the exhibition of the Fundación ENAIRE Photography Award 2019, composed of ten works selected by the jury (including the PHE Honourable Mention), as well as a representative selection of the work of this year’s winner of the II Fundación ENAIRE Trajectory Award, and the artist Verónica Vicente, awarded the I Fundación ENAIRE Young Photographer Award 2019. Javier Vallhonrat will present his final project The Incised Shadow, a new survey of the relationship between man and nature. The show is the result of over 10 years of fieldwork conducted by the artist at the Maladeta Glacier in the Pyrenees. During this time he explored and lived alongside the glacier, which is currently in a fragile state of conservation. The visual artist Kimsooja will also present Earth-Water-Fire-Air, an installation inspired by the landscape of Lanzarote. The Korean artist explores the four elements, which, used by diverse philosophers since ancient times, designate the matter that constitutes material reality, according to both western and eastern traditions: earth, water, fire and air are a source of energy and life. Endlessly linked to great symbolic power, these four elements have had a profound influence on European culture and thought. Finally, the Real Jardín Botánico will present the exhibition ENDEAVOUR. The Eucalyptus, a Case Study, by Clément Verger , in which the French photographer provides a visual account of man’s ability to shape the environment based on personal gain.
The Museo ICO will host Landscape Framed. European Photography Commissions, 1984–2019, which presents, for the first time ever in Spain, a collection of long-term photography commissions documenting the changes suffered by rural, suburban and urban landscapes in Europe from 1984 through to the present day.
Tabacalera will host Normandie: Les rivages du débarquement, by Eduardo Nave . Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings, the photographer has returned to the historic D-Day sites—peaceful beaches where people swim and where remains of the artificial ports that were built can still be found—to restore their memory and raise our awareness of the misery that can occur when the forces of irrationality are unleashed.
The Sala Canal de Isabel II will host the first retrospective exhibition of the Seville-born artist David Jiménez , spanning over 25 years of personal work. In the show viewers will be able to examine his work and the evolution of his creative processes, which have given rise to photobooks, exhibitions and audiovisuals. Additionally, Sala Alcalá 31 will pay homage to Darío Villalba in Pop Soul. Encapsulated & Others, a monographic exhibition that, for the first time, brings together almost all of the artist’s most iconic works, the ‘encapsulated’.
The Museo Reina Sofía will participate in the festival with the exhibition Keep Reading, Giving Rise, by Rogelio López Cuenca . The show is the first compendium to survey the main concerns of the artist, who, since the eighties, has worked at the crossroads between poetry and the visual arts and mass media.
The Biblioteca Nacional de España will bring together The Best Photography Books of the Year with around 100 works selected following an open call for submissions by PHotoESPAÑA, in addition to the winning project and the 20 finalists of the Book Dummy Award, organised by La Fábrica and Photo London.
Contemporary European photography
The future of photography and contemporary European photography will be represented at the festival by means of two shows that bring together the work of the artists taking part in the festival’s professional programmes.
OFFLAND. An Ideal Place, More or Less gathers together a selection of works from the portfolio reviews that took place in Athens, Helsinki and Madrid in 2018 as part of the Transeurope programme, a European photography forum that began with the aim of offering opportunities to European photography professionals and creating networks.
Furthermore, the courtyard of the Centro Cultural Galileo will play host to an exhibition by the five artists selected from Futures, a photography platform formed by renowned institutions from across Europe. Its aim is to provide artists from all over the continent with international projection, visibility and mobility and to create a network of professionals, markets and viewers that expands year upon year. The platform currently has 10 founding members: British Journal of Photography (United Kingdom), CAMERA (Italy), Hyères Festival (France), FOMU (Belgium), Fotofestiwal Lodz (Poland), PHotoESPAÑA (Spain), PhotoIreland (Ireland), Photo Romania Festival (Romania), Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center (Hungary), The Calvert Journal (United Kingdom) and Triennial of Photography Hamburg (Germany). The platform will enlist new members every year from all over the world. Futures is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
Guest venues in Madrid
B The Travel Brand will host an exhibition by the Madrid-born photographer Erea Azurmendi , which takes viewers on a journey through her visual logbook—a type of travel diary kept over recent years. Casa de México will look back on one of the most important archetypes of modern Mexican photography, Manuel Álvarez Bravo . CentroCentro will present the exhibition The Surface of an Image, by Aimée Zito Lema , which revolves around the memory and how certain revolutionary processes and struggles resonate in present-day society.
Fundación Loewe will dedicate an exhibition to Hervé Guilbert , an artist who made a name for himself as a writer and photographer in the intellectual circles of Paris in the eighties and who left behind an important photographic legacy after his passing in 1991 at just 36 years old.
The Goethe Institut will present Lost Memory, an exhibition by Miquel González , which traces the sites of the mass graves left behind from the Spanish Civil War that have not been exhumed or commemorated. IED Madrid will boast two exhibitions related to editing and photobooks: Photobooks and Dummies. Homage to Eloi Gimeno and The Dummy Collection of Fotobookfestival Kassel. At the Instituto Iberoamericano de Finlandia, Alicia Caldera will present 2219, in which the artist draws on a physical and emotional journey between Venezuela and Colombia.
The Instituto de México will recapture the photojournalist Nacho López’s vision of Mexico City, a reminder of its demographic evolution and its inhabitants. One Shot hotels will host an exhibition by the photographer Alejandra Carles Tolra , which explores themes related to belonging, femininity and escapism through the portrayal of a group of Jane Austen fans.
The Real Sociedad Fotográfica will pay tribute to Ramón Masats , whilst Santana Art Gallery will present the exhibition Wise Skin, by Enrique Toribio , which will be part of Muestra•t 2019, the cultural festival of Madrid Pride. Meanwhile, the spotlight will be on editorial design in the exhibition SUR Reading Room #1, at Vuela Pluma.
Alcalá de Henares, Alcobendas, Santander, Segovia and Zaragoza: festival locations
The Convent of Santa María La Rica in Alcalá de Henares will host the exhibition 1989: Bucharest – Prague – Warsaw, which pieces together the historic upheaval brought about by the advent of democracy in the former Eastern Bloc after years of Communist rule.
La Cárcel. Centro de Creación de Segovia will host Contemporaries, by Alberto Schommer , which brings together, for the first time, a selection of 80 portraits of iconic figures: men and women who were part of a key period in Spanish history from the sixties through to 1978.
Meanwhile, Alcobendas will participate with six exhibitions. El Bulevar Salvador Allende will host Domesticated Light, by Nicolás Müller , which assembles his most representative images. Centro de Arte Alcobendas will exhibit the work of Juan Manuel Castro Prieto and Rafael Trapiello , which explores the Solovetsky Islands; Roger Grasas , winner of the Discoveries PHE Award 2018; Paula Anta , who reflects on apparent chaos in nature with Nudos; Jesús Madriñán , who paints a portrait of modern-day youth and their identity in Time Revealed, and a group show formed of the end-of-year projects of the eleventh edition of the PHotoESPAÑA Masters in Photography at the Escuela Internacional Alcobendas PHotoESPAÑA (PIC.A).
In Zaragoza, the Museo Pablo Gargallo will host the show Repose and Dizziness by Carmen Calvo , in which the artist merges photography with other languages to construct a narrative full of irony and humour based on snapshots from anonymous family albums from the forties through to the seventies. In The Last Few. Portraits and Testimonies from the Spanish Civil War Luis Areñas depicts some of the last combatants to participate in the Spanish Civil War and the women that lived through it. The exhibition can be viewed at the Centro de Historias, which also plays host to Sewing Identities, by the Taiwanese artist I-Ting Hou , who presents, for the first time in Spain, some of her most representative series on women’s labour.
Moreover, for the first time, PHotoESPAÑA will head to Santander with an extensive edition of the festival boasting 20 exhibitions and four activities for professionals and the general public. PHotoESPAÑA Santander will have an official section and guest venues and will enjoy the collaboration of the city’s galleries, which will come together for Festival OFF.
Collectionism will be the focus of the Official Section with exhibitions that bring together the archives of four great collections: the Colección Kells, which will be on display to the public for the first time in a show at the Palacete del Embarcadero; the Colección Pública de Fotografía Alcobendas, which will show works by artists such as Chema Madoz, Frances Català-Roca, Joan Fontcuberta, Isabel Muñoz and Cristina García Rodero, among others, at the Palacio de la Magdalena; the Lafuente Archive, presenting some of the most archetypal images of Aleksandr Rodchenko; and the collection of the Museo de Arte de Santander, with the exhibition Series Spain 2010 (Santander), by Bernard Plossu .
Furthermore, the Official Section will include the exhibitions Tony Ray-Jones Small Pleasures, at the Centro de Documentación de la Imagen de Santander; Visual Memory of Spaniards in the USA (The Unedited Work of Juantxu Rodríguez) at the Palacete del Embarcadero; Amazon Tears, by Mingo Venero, at the Biblioteca Central de Cantabria; and Betweenwalls, by Bernardo Aja, at the Universidad de Cantabria. The façade of the Santander City Council building will also host In Azure and Gold: ten black and white portraits by Javier Salas of leading women from the world of flamenco.
Festival Off: 30 galleries at PHotoESPAÑA 2019
Seeking to foster the promotion and development of the photographic market, Festival Off will be made up of exhibitions from 30 galleries in Madrid. Through this section the festival calls for the important work of the city’s galleries to be acknowledged for the development of collectionism. Festival OFF will boast exhibitions by Robert Mapplethorpe, Pilar Pequeño, Los Díez, Nagore Legarreta, Elina Brotherus, Nobuyoshi Araki and Lucien Hervé, among others.
Espacio Alexandra, with Written in the Leaves, by Verónica Vicente; Galería Estela Docal, with Breakfasts with Bacon, by Faustino Cuevas; Galería JosédelaFuente, with Course of Hypnotism by Correspondence, by Raúl Hevia; Galería Juan Silió, with the exhibitions Like, by Eduardo Nave, and Terraforming, by Michael Najjar; and Galería Siboney, with Inter-actions, by Dionisio González, will all be part of Festival OFF.
Additionally, the Centro Cultural Doctor Madrazo, Fundación Bruno Alonso, La Caverna de la Luz, La Maleta de Luz and Librería Gil will join the festival with their own programmes as guest venues.