Offland. An Ideal Place, at Least brings together a selection of the works viewed in the Transeurope portfolios made in Athens, Helsinki and Madrid in 2018
Futures showcases the work of Arcalis, Cassidy, Lagata, Martín de Lucas and Torres Balaguer, the five Spanish artists chosen for the European platform in 2019
The Galileo Culture Centre is becoming one of the venues of the Official Section of PHotoESPAÑA for the first time, with two shows open until the 23rd of July that will provide a snapshot of the most recent proposals from European photography. Both shows are also the outcome of PHotoESPAÑA’s international collaborative projects, Transeurope and Futures, which are geared at strengthening the work and collaboration network among European creators.
OFFLAND. An Ideal Place, At Least
This exhibition brings together a selection of the works viewed in the Transeurope portfolios made in Athens, Helsinki and Madrid in 2018.
This European photography forum was launched with the intention of offering European photography professionals opportunities and to create working networks. The group exhibition will include pictures by Yorgos Yatromanolakis, Eirini Vourloumis, Alessia Rollo, Pablo Lerma, Suzanne Mooney, Emilio Pemjean, María Moldes and Myrto Papadopoulos.
Curated by Sema D’Acosta, OFFLAND journeys to each author’s most personal places, physical and emotional spaces that hark back to a dreamed reality where they can take refuge. These authors capture landscapes far from the reality where we feel ‘comfortable’ to create provocative scenes. As the curator says, ‘It is essential for human beings to find a place, even if it’s imaginary, where reality meets their expectations, where they can get away and find a refuge that allows them to identify with what they yearn for.’
Thus, this time photography enables us to be whisked away to dreamed-of places, real or not, refuges which make the unattainable attainable.
OFFLAND is the first of the three exhibitions from the Transeurope project which will be shown in 2019. This initiative was launched with the goal of encouraging mobility, exchange and visibility among artists in Scandinavia, the eastern and western Mediterranean and the Balkans through workshops, portfolio displays and a range of professional activities. The project was made possible thanks to the help of the European Union via the Creative Europe programme.
Led by PHotoESPAÑA, the Transeurope partners also include prominent international institutions like The Finnish Museum of Photography (Helsinki), Museum of Latvian Photography (Riga), Museu Coleção Berardo (Portugal), Centrum för Fotografi (Stockholm) and Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia (Milan), among others.
Along with the shows, a catalogue has been published which contains the complete Transeurope programme, and it brings together the works of 31 selected artists, making it a unique chance to learn about a wide range of contemporary young European photography, a faithful reflection of the concerns, loves and phobias of the continent’s young artists.
This show is a survey of the latest works by the five Spanish photographers selected in the European photography platform Futures 2019: Erola Arcalis (Menorca, 1986), Juliette Cassidy (San Sebastián, 1988), Christian Lagata (Jerez de la Frontera, 1986), Rubén Martín de Lucas (Madrid, 1977) and Andrea Torres Balaguer (Barcelona, 1990).
An outdoor installation in the courtyard of the Galileo Culture Centre offers the chance to share with audiences the personality and works of these artists.
They were chosen because of both their artistic work and their professional careers. So the show contains five bodies of photography with influences from disciplines like video, painting and installations.
All five reflect and examine space and the ‘other’ to reinterpret this mutual relationship, addressing the scene from a documentary or performative stance. The outcome includes unique sculptural creations in which human beings, their traces and their nature move between reality and imagination with extraordinary beauty.
Futures is the platform of prominent institutions from all over Europe whose goal is to provide mobility, visibility and international outreach to artists from the entire continent. At the same time, Futures is creating a network of professionals which is growing and making it possible to have a meeting point among professionals, markets and audiences. In
each edition, Futures holds events in each of its member countries and gathers together all the artists in Unseen (Amsterdam) to hold an extensive professional programme.
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