In the second edition of PHotoESPAÑA Santander, which brings together the work of more than 60 authors until the end of autumn in the main cultural institutions of the city, the galleries of the city have joined with their proposals in the galleries Alexandra space, Juan Silió Gallery and Siboney Gallery. Among the authors who showed their work in these rooms, the PHotoESPAÑA acquisitions committee has selected the work Narrate the impossible, Manuel Diego Sanchez. At Alexandra space, to join the contemporary art collection of the Santander City Council.
Narrate the impossible is an endless exercise in which filing and recording are posed not only as a method of action against the 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. Photographs recovered in a small town house in Oregon (United States) belonging to a Basque migrant community from the early twentieth century, and others taken in the place itself are intervened, turning imprecise images, which reveal an intentional gesture to free them from the heaviness of language to those who observe them, and then granting them the power to signify, reformulate and speculate from the abstract.
Manuel Diego Sanchez (Madrid, 1993) lives and works between Madrid and Santander. With a degree in art from the University of the Basque Country and a Master's degree in cultural management from the University of Carlos III, Manuel was a recipient of the 2017/18 Injuve Grants for Young Creation and has taken part in numerous group exhibitions in Santander, Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante and Bilbao, among others. Diego Sánchez is linked to Espacio Alexandra where he has shown his work since 2017.
In addition, the names of the five selected in the portfolio views of PHotoESPAÑA Santander 2020: Be a body by Deebo Barreiro; Flako Dog by Elba Haxël; Panadella by Juan Sánchez Sánchez; The antidote by Marina Serrano; Where dogs don't bark by Marius Ionut Scarlat when we have the information.
During the weekend of October 10, a portfolio viewing session was held in which the 13 photographers selected by open call participated. Among these, the visionaries Miguel Cereceda (teacher, art critic and independent curator), Oliva María Rubio (independent curator), Marta Dahó (independent curator) and Juan Riancho (director of the Siboney Gallery), selected five projects that will participate in the Discoveries program PHotoESPAÑA 2021. Among all the participants, the Discoveries Award will be selected that will be exhibited in the Official Section of PHotoESPAÑA 2022.
About the selected projects
Deebo Barreiro. Be a body
Being a body is a project that delves into the spectrum of gender identity. Hybrid bodies appear and, above all, intervened bodies, becoming a showcase adaptable to the taste of each person.
Elba Haxël. Flako Dog
Between reality and fiction, a panorama of artificial nature domesticated by man is described, molded and desolate by human action and which now turns against him in a monstrous way. A dreamlike walk through a dystopian landscape taken from a nightmare, where the present and the past merge and the future simply does not exist.
Juan Sánchez Sánchez. Panadella
Panadella, which means “stopping place,” explores an old traveler service enclave located on a secondary road that was once a main thoroughfare. The series investigates the tension and dissolution of the “Panadella”, a place that has lost its status and identity as it has been displaced by technology.
Marina Serrano. The antidote
El Antídoto is a poetic-photographic project carried out during the quarantine. It was formed instinctively, given the impossibility of the author to carry out the life she had until that moment.
Marius Ionut Scarlat. Where dogs don't bark
It is a story set in a Romanian town, near the capital, which shows the reality that part of the author's family lives. These photographs document the life of his uncle Gigi, who has had problems with alcohol from a very young age, and his grandmother Vasílica, who is in charge of being by his side and taking care of him.