Flash Forward 2016 de Magenta Fundation and a finalist for the Gran Prix Fotofestiwal, in The Observation of Trifles the Madrid-born photographer Carlos Alba suggest a unique, random guide through the conventionalisms of a London seen through objects found on its streets.
SUNDAY 5th JUNE. 13h
Roberto Villalón is a photographer and director of CLAVOARDIENDO, the digital magazine “dedicated to those who love photography”. He leads a team of dreamy, hardworking, passionate and enthusiastic people, a little critic and not always sane. The common element of them all is the Photography: view photos, take pictures, discuss photos, work with photos, study…
MONDAY 6th JUNE. 18h
The laboratory of La Casa Encendida is a multidisciplinary social space where the sound, photographic and audiovisual art merge with other disciplines related to educations and science. Deneb Martos, photographer and experimental filmmaker, who as head of Laboratory, with Ana Paes, Karina Morante, Tiago de Matos and Luis Rodriguez, they explain us how develops the artistic process in this space of creative.
Fracaso Books is not a publisher. Fracaso Books doesn’t want to be a publisher. It’s only an umbrella that involves a series of self-published books and funded through crowfunding campaigns. It aims to create personal products outside publisher interests and styles.
Female sexuality is the central theme in the photographs of the Catalan Laia Abril. With their warm feel of a family documentary, her images dislocate viewers, who find themselves suddenly trapped in the intimacy of others and required to take a stance on uncomfortable realities that remain veiled in society. Abril combines photography with
other multimedia tools, such as video and graphic design, in a work in progress which La Fábrica attests to in its PHotoBolsillo collection.
TUESDAY 7th JUNE. 19h
THE NEW PERIODIQUISMO. A talk analysis and development of photographic proposals in press format (newspapers and magazines): an editorial bet that gives priority of the project dissemination and reflection on the support itself and the parallel evolution of the press and documentary photography over the last years.
Presentation of GUERREROS URBANOS of JEOSM. The striking black and white images by photographer Jeosm portray graffiti artists jumping over fences, climbing walls and crouched down in the undergrowth, awaiting the right time to paint the walls of their city. These photographs capture this controversial art with poetic precision, and also knowledge of the cause. A book with text of Arturo Pérez-Reverte.
WEDNESDAY 8th JUNE. 18h
Gabriela Cendoya. She’s born in San Sebastiano in ’58, but spent most of her life in France, where during the first years in the University of Bordeaux as fine arts student, started to buy books of contemporary painting, art in general and also some photobooks and comics. In the begging her library was eclectic, but gently photography books began to take more prominence, to such point that in the last 6-7 years her purchases have become, in her own words, compulsive. Today she has about 1300 or 1400 books of photography.
Yumi Goto will talk about photobook as object, how the photobook could be so personal. She will be talking about some photobooks examples that they have produced through the workshop they did since 2014. All her publications are produced by handmade by the authors, it’s a smaller edition and very detailed with special meaning, unique and personal. Also those smaller edition books have reproduced as a trade edition in the large audience.
The Blank Paper Collective emerged from a shared artistic interest: to photograph the everyday. Its founders’ purpose was to generate an encounter where new ideas and projects would germinate. La Fábrica compiles in a PhotoBolsillo the photographs by its founders (the photographers Fosi Vegué, Antonio M.Xoubanova, Alejandro Marote, Ricardo Cases, Julián Barón, Mario Rey and Óscar Monzón), each with their own unmistakeable personality and with the premise of being different while remaining unique.
THURSDAY 9th JUNE. 18h
Federico Clavarino. The Castle is a building made with images and it consists of four parts. Its first chapter, “The Dead”, refers to its modern founding myth: the events that led to the contemporary European order. Chapter two, “The Organising Principles”, deals with the ideas of power and authority that are at the basis of European societies. Chapter three, “The Castle”, explores the resulting building by evidencing its elements of separation and control. Finally, the fourth and last chapter, “At Twilight”, is at the same time a prophecy and an exhortation.
Chaco believes in the book as an imperfect object and alive who carries a unique, physical and personal, impossible to get in long runs gesture. That is why often produces small and limited editions. Understands the craft of making books as a creative way to deal with the artist, reinterpreting his work in a new expressive medium.
And it is interested in projects working around social or political in its various forms of expression issues.
In the work Muchismo, the photographer Cristina de Middel digs around in her studios and brings all of her images to light, exactly the way she has them stored, in colossal, gorgeous chaos, to show them in the exhibition of the same name to be held in June at the Teatro Fernán Gómez in Madrid. This is a sui generis display of her entire oeuvre, with neither a curator nor any apparent order, which seeks to question the art market and its rules.
At the same time, the artist is holding another exhibition of the Antipodes series in La Fábrica (Madrid), a series made up of pictures taken in New Zealand in which the artist strives to bring depth back to landscape photography by using mirrors and her own devices. Both series are captured in this publication, a book that had become an object of desire even before it materialised.
FRIDAY 10th JUNE. 20h
Cuando aún nevaba of Jesús Labandeira. The photographs of Labandeira are landscapes of the memories, no sky or horizon, constructions of the desire. Images in “tones that blend in vague gray, textures bordering nothing, photographs about to vanish without a trace of their existence in the white paper”. A landscape dreamed and recreated by the author, in search of his oldest dreams. In words of Canovas, “what do you do when there is
no desired picture of our childhood, when there is no fragile paper setting out what we were, let alone what we would have been? The part of us that vanished deep in inaccessible depths, which forces us to look at remote hours, hides and protects in childhood’s snow, where it continues playing, where we get songs that no longer moisten our dry eyes “. A photographic work such delicate as disturbing, where the contrasts of black and white twist to unlikely extremes.
SATURDAY 11th JUNE. 13h
PHE Award for the Best PhotoBook of the Year.
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