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The second edition of the Festival has exhibitions in the main cultural institutions of the city, programs for professionals and the call for public # PHEdesdemibalcón, held between March and June


The edition has a cast of authors who, from various artistic frameworks, technical, aesthetic and conceptual differences, question the photographic medium from a plurality of dimensions and perspectives


Ciuco Gutiérrez, Jordi Socías, Carmen Calvo, Juan Uslé, Rosell Meseguer, Jorge Yeregui, Eduardo Rivas, Rafa Riancho, and Ángel Luis Aldai, have individual samples within the Official Section


Among the group shows of the edition, you will be able to enjoy the funds of CASYC and MAS. Caja Cantabria Foundation and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Santander and Cantabria


Espacio Alexandra, Juan Silió and Siboney will be the galleries that participate in the OFF Festival


The Bruno Alonso Foundation, La caverna de la luz, La nave que beats and Librería Gil will be invited venues


On October 10, a portfolio viewing will be held and those selected will participate in the PHE 21 Discoveries program


The city of Santander was one of the first to join the # PHEdesdemibalcón initiative, a collective account of the people of Santander about the confinement experience that could be seen in Plaza Porticada


PHotoESPAÑA Santander is possible thanks to the Santander City Council, the Santander Creativa Foundation, the Government of Cantabria and the Santander Port Authority

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The city of Santander responds for the second year to the PHotoESPAÑA “challenge” and will host a full edition of the Festival, in a complex year in which photography continues to be a fundamental tool.


A complete proposal with Official Section, Festival OFF, exhibitions at invited venues and proposals for professionals and the public, made possible thanks to the Santander City Council, the Santander Creativa Foundation, the Government of Cantabria and the Santander Port Authority.


Due to the health emergency, the second edition of the Festival will take place in October, although since March photography has already been present in the Cantabrian capital, with one of the main activities of PHotoESPAÑA 2020, the # PHEdesdemibalcón call.


This call marked the starting gun of what is undoubtedly being the most special edition of the festival, developed in the middle of the State of Alarm. # PHEdesdemibalcón invited the people of Santander to use their creativity as a tool in the difficult moments of confinement to share their experience and feelings in images. In parallel, the City Council joined the initiative with the commitment to expose in the open air a selection of images of the residents of Santander, which could be seen in the Plaza Porticada. 548 Cantabrians and 292 Santanderians participated in the call.


Nine individual exhibitions and a group show in the Official Section


The Official Section has a total of ten proposals among which individual samples of authors of different generations predominate and with very diverse proposals that question the photographic medium, its possibilities and its limits.


With a resounding title, This is what it is, the urban furniture of Santander welcomes the work of Ciuco Gutierrez. Timeless and transversal images that arise from dreams or from the inexhaustible imagination of this Cantabrian creator. This exhibition shows the great narrative and literary load of the author, where paradox and metaphor, accompanied by irony and color, are fundamental elements in the construction of his own dream universe.


El DCIS. Santander Image Documentation Center features a selection of the most iconic portraits of Jordi Socías, from the Socías del Lafuente Archive. Thanks to her passion for literature, music and cinema, Socías links part of her work to the photography of film shoots. The sample has 36 portraits of prominent protagonists of Spanish culture from Juan Marsé or Salvador Dalí in the XNUMXs, to more current images of Soledad Lorenzo, Álvaro Pombo or Antonio López, among others.


La Central Library of Cantabria show the project Stillness and vertigo, Carmen Calvo. In this exhibition, curated by Oliva María Rubio, the National Prize for Plastic Arts decontextualizes anonymous family memories through old photographs from the 40s and 50s of the XNUMXth century from humor and irony. Calvo fuses technical and material works on which he intervenes to give them a new meaning.


Dolca Line 2008 - 2018. Irrepressible, In the Central Library of Cantabria is born from a selection of images from the thousands that make up the personal archive of Juan Uslé, courtesy of Gallery 1 Mira Madrid. They are images of natural and urban landscapes, still lifes, portraits, self-portraits, familiar and anonymous characters, corners of your home or your studio.


Color photographs, where the motifs, textures and tones refer us to the artist's pictorial universe. His photographs show everything that surrounds or draws the attention of Uslé, without scenery or manipulation.


The Port of Santander will have four exhibitions at the Embarcadero Palace and at the Cabo Mayor Lighthouse Art Center.


Eduardo Rivas explore in Magallán the identity of the Magallanes Region, an extensive territory in the extreme south of the American continent. The exhibition that can be visited in the Palacete del Embarcadero studies the identity of this region, delving into the frameworks that make this a unique place on a physical and historical level. A work that reinterprets under the filter of contemporary conjunctures the space that men went through that would forever change the perception we have of our planet.


This same room will host an exhibition in homage to the memory of the Santander photographer Rafael Riancho, recently deceased, whose impressive images of the giant waves of Praia do Norte in Nazaré will always be remembered. This exhibition of course brings together these images, but it also offers an opportunity to delve into Riancho's work through abstract series and more intimate images. These last pieces close to the still life, images of daily life and interiors of extraordinary beauty were brought together around the series Milan That is how he titled it, since the Italian city was his main stage.


The art center Cabo Mayor Lighthouse, in the Port of Santander will host Deterrence, the tide and the limit, Rosell Meseguer. It is a taxonomic, conceptual and spiritual study of different architectural elements of defense, camouflage, attack and border that are treated as symbols of various forces. Works that talk about emptiness, about the hermeticism of power and its distance from the people, but that also appeal to beauty, unreality and the suicidal and romantic defense of any ideal.


For his pate Jorge Yeregui en Undo, delete, activate, a show curated by Marta Dahó, raises various questions about the idea of ​​renaturalization of an urbanized space. The result of a long research process - in which he has followed the various phases of the landscape recovery project in the Paraje de Tudela, in the Cabo de Creus natural park - Yeregui's work has matched the rhythms of transformation of the place to think in images about the scope of the spacing operations that have transformed the site.


El Parliament of Cantabria will host, thanks to the collaboration of the Santander Port Authority, the project Forty leagues through Cantabria of the photographer Angel Luis Aldai, created on the occasion of the celebration of the 175th anniversary of the birth and the centenary of the death of Benito Pérez Galdós. The exhibition is a visual journey through the roads and places that Galdós traveled that summer of 1879 together with his Cantabrian friends José María Pereda and Andrés Crespo, when they toured cities such as Santillana del Mar, Comillas or Potes.


The only collective sample of the Official Section of PHotoESPAÑA Santander will offer the opportunity to enjoy the collections of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Santander and Cantabria and Fundación Caja Cantabria. Silence and gaze which can be visited in Caja Cantabria Foundation (CASYC) and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Santander and Cantabria (MAS) is a tribute to the Santander viewpoint, especially now, when the covid-19 has made us face new ways of looking and listening, two fundamental languages ​​hidden by the speed of day to day. The Santander viewpoint stands as a key element that generates another rhythm and different relationships, unthinkable until very recently. This exhibition brings together the work of 25 great photographers, including: Pierre Gonord, Luis González Palma, Nicola Constantino, Pablo Hoja, Ciuco Gutiérrez, Jorge Fernández and Jose Lamarca, among others.


Espacio Alexandra, Juan Silió and Siboney, galleries at the OFF Festival


PHotoESPAÑA 2020 wanted to recognize in a very special way the important work of contemporary art galleries as promoters of the photographic market.  


Thus, in its XXIII edition, the OFF Festival was developed in digital format, opening not only to the galleries of Madrid, but to all the galleries of the national territory that wanted to join the project. A total of 105 galleries joined this project, including Espacio Alexandra, Juan Silió and Siboney, which, after digital development, will have physical exhibitions at PHotoESPAÑA Santander.


Manuel Diego Sanchez will present in Alexandra space Narrate the impossible, an endless exercise in which filing and recording are posed not only as a method of action against amnesia of an event that occurred, but rather as a place in itself where the link between past and present arises from action, image, the fingerprint and the document.


The galery Juan Silió will gather in Jounal de la Seine a series of photographic works around the Seine, from Pilar Cossio. More than photographs it is about rêveries (dreams) in the purest sense of the Baudelaire term: the experience of the stroller who abandons himself to the phantasmagorias of the place, and who, through dreams, communicates with the world around him.


For its part, Siboney will exhibit the work of the Mexican Graciela Iturbide. The photographer has been building, over four decades, an absolutely unique work, fundamental to understanding the evolution of photography in Mexico and the rest of Latin America. His work is characterized by a continuous dialogue between images, times and symbols; in an epic display where dreams, ritual, religion, travel and community come together.


During the Festival, a commission of experts will visit the galleries and select works for the second year to form part of the Santander City Council collection.


The PHotoESPAÑA Santander program is completed with proposals from various invited venues that will join the festival: the Bruno Alonso Foundation, with Landscapes interiors Pedro Palazuelos; The cave of light, with Ana, by Manu Fernández; The ship that beats, with the collective Green earth pain; and the Gil bookstore, with the exhibition A look at Republican exile, Ione Robinson.


Meeting point with photography professionals


Along with its exhibition aspect, PHotoESPAÑA will be a meeting point for photography professionals. On Friday, October 10, a portfolio viewing will be held where those who want to dedicate themselves professionally to photography will be able to show their work to a group of professionals. They will participate as viewers: Miguel Cereceda, teacher, art critic and independent curator; Olive Maria Rubio, independent curator; Marta Dahó, independent curator and Juan Riancho, director of the Siboney Gallery.





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