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PhotoEspaña 2019


The 22nd edition of PhotoEspaña brought together six cities—Santander as the official venue for the first time, joined by Madrid, Alcalá de Henares, Alcobendas, Segovia and Zaragoza—and the work of 296 authors in 85 exhibitions of major masters and prestigious collections. The festival again opted for a programme with more than one theme and with the presence of both established and emerging national and international authors. The Photography Museum, Fundación Antonio Pérez, of Huete; MECA. Mediterráneo Artistic Centre, of Almería; Barcelona’s Picasso Museum and the Málaga Russian Museum of Saint Petersburg were incorporated as guest venues.

Susan Bright, the guest curator, presented five exhibitions which, under the title of “Déjà vu?” linked up Elina Brotherus, Clare Strand, Laura Letinsky, Sharon Core, Patrick Pound and Délio Jasse with proposals based on the traditions and ideas of the past to create a new work set in the context of today.

In addition, the 2019 edition of the festival provided an overview of collecting in Spain, with shows featuring important public and private collections. Together with these were, once again, the proposals of 30 Madrid galleries, which came together at the OFF Festival to propose a new perspective on collecting, with projects by Robert Mapplethorpe, Nobuyoshi Araki and Pilar Pequeño, among others. The future of photography was also present in four collective exhibitions: Discoveries, Transeurope, Futures and the show mounted by the pupils of the PhotoEspaña Master’s degree, with emerging photographers.

Together with its exhibition facet, the festival also featured professional programmes and activities for the public to actively join in. These included workshops, outdoor screenings and competitions that challenge spectators to discover photography from other points of view.


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