During the months of September and October, Santander and Cantabria will have a complete program with individual and group exhibitions in the main cultural institutions and in some of the most prominent enclaves on the streets of the Cantabrian capital.
PHotoESPAÑA Santander is possible thanks to the Government of Cantabria, the Santander City Council, the Santander Port Authority and the ENAIRE Foundation.
PHotoESPAÑA Santander will have the incorporation of two new headquarters. On the one hand, the Altamira National Museum and Research Center is one of the spaces that houses the project of the artist Carlos Irijalba And the wall became allergic to humans.
For its part, Fundación ENAIRE's Naves de Gamazo, an exhibition space recently opened in the city, will feature a night of open-air screenings by the visual artist Javier Riera.
Among the individual proposals, it will be possible to enjoy an extraordinary dialogue in images between Robert Doisneau and the filmmaker Isabel Coixet, who contribute their respective views on two spaces as different as Palm Springs and Benidorm, with the common denominator of irony and humor.
The evolution of the photographic medium in Spain, from the mid-twentieth century to modern times, will be present in the monographic exhibition on Campúa.
The photographer José Quintanilla, for his part, embarks on a project that reflects on the “false ruin”, taking as a starting point the landscaped gardens of the XNUMXth century as the key and symbol of our collective memory.
The young Cantabrian photography will be present with the proposals of Enrique Gambarte - with a selection of his portraits - and Pilar Oti - with an intense series that explores other dimensions and investigates unreality.
Ankaria Foundation, joins the Festival proposals in the Cantabrian capital for the first year with the exhibition of the winners in the first edition of ANKARIAPHOTO. International Prize for Photography of the XXI century with the works of Jon Gorospe and Mayra Martell.
A large collective exhibition with funds from the collection of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Santander and Cantabria and the Caja Cantabria Foundation, will offer a look at the city and the urban in the eyes of authors such as Basilico, Billingham, Palazuelos, Ciuco Gutiérrez or Pilar Cossío, among others.
The Plaza del Ayuntamiento de Santander is the location where you can visit the exhibition We return, which, by the hand of Hofmann, offers an emotional tribute in images of the reunion with loved ones, after the separation times imposed by the pandemic.
Espacio Alexandra, Juan Silió and Siboney will be the galleries that participate in the OFF Festival
The Doctor Madrazo Cultural Center, La caverna de la luz and Librería Gil participate as invited venues of the edition
Photography professionals will be able to show their work to a group of experts and be eligible for the PHotoESPAÑA Discoveries award in a new call for portfolio viewing
From September 1 to October 31, Santander and Cantabria host the third edition of PHotoESPAÑA. A complete proposal with 17 exhibitions and the participation of 68 national and international photographers and visual artists. The Festival will feature individual and group exhibitions in the main halls of the city, although photography will also flood the streets with open-air exhibitions and screenings.
A project made possible thanks to the Government of Cantabria, the Santander City Council, the Santander Port Authority and the ENAIRE Foundation.
Big names in photography and the most current languages in the Official Section
The Official Section has a total of eleven individual and collective exhibitions that put into dialogue the work of artists from very different backgrounds and backgrounds and that present the youngest proposals in Cantabrian photography.
The Central Library of Cantabria offers the opportunity to enjoy the dialogue between two great creators, the photographer Robert Doisneau and the filmmaker Isabel Coixet. The exhibition Palm Springs - Benidorm, curated by Anne Morin, brings together the series Palm Springs, made by the French photographer in 1960 in the American city and Benidorm, work that the filmmaker Isabel Coixet did in 2020. These two very different spaces are presented to the viewer by the hand of two looks full of humor and irony that offer a surprising vision of these settings.
This same space will be one of the venues that will host the project And the wall became allergic to humans. Allergic replica, Carlos Irijalba, a project in which the artist presents the 3D scans and photogrammetries that were made in the French cave of Chauvet, which, together with Altamira, is one of the most important sites for understanding European Prehistoric Art.
El CASYC. Caja Cantabria Foundation along with the MORE. Museum of Contemporary and Contemporary Art of Santander and Cantabria will have the collective sample Collection 1 & 1 / Silence and gaze 2, which brings together a complete vision of the city and the urban from the perspective of great authors such as Basilico, Billingham, Palazuelos, Ciuco Gutiérrez or Pilar Cossío, among others. The exhibition includes part of the funds from the collection of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Santander and Cantabria, and the Caja Cantabria Foundation and offers a tour in images of cities such as Paris, Cairo, Porto, Istanbul, Madrid, New York , Barcelona, Havana, Santander ...
El Faro Cabo Mayor Art Center, of the Port of Santander has the sample Memorabilia. Invented memory, Jose Quintanilla. It is a project in which the photographer takes as a reference the falsehood that nests in the fashion of the landscape gardens of the XNUMXth century. Structures through which the wealthy classes isolate themselves from a reality that, far from being ideal, brings with it the brutality on nature and the human being of the industrial revolution and the harsh consequences of the arrival of Modernity.
In turn, the DCIS. Santande Image Documentation Centerr has two exhibitions.
A monographic exhibition in Santander presents some of the most representative images of José Demaría Vázquez "Campúa", one of the pioneering authors of 1921th century Spanish photography. From 1975 until his death in XNUMX, Campúa worked constantly, and in his work you can see the evolution of an entire profession until modern times. The city's high society, in addition to actors and actresses, models, dancers ... but also anonymous people who came there to take their portraits on the occasion of a special occasion passed through his studio on Madrid's Gran Vía.. Parallel to the day-to-day workings of the studio, the photographer also described the life and events of the city as the next in the line of photojournalists started by his father. In this way, he took pictures of the most admired figures from his day in both literature and thinking, as well as in sports and Hollywood stars.
On the other hand, the collective exhibition The artist's workshop. A look from the photographic archives of the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain offers a look inside the studio of various artists from the last decade of the 90th century to the mid-XNUMXth century. The funds of the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain allow the viewer to become an exceptional voyeur and to delve into the work processes of creators such as Mariano Benlliure, Jorge Oteiza or Maruja Mallo. The XNUMX images in this sample allow us to observe the different realities that coexisted in Spanish art during the first half of the XNUMXth century: from the most conservative, official and academic art, to the most innovative proposals, passing through a wide spectrum of individual trajectories in those that intertwined the modern with the heritage of classicism and Spanish painting of the golden age.
La Bruno Alonso Foundation, for its part, opens its doors to one of the most interesting voices in contemporary Cantabrian photography Enrique Gambarte, an author who uses the portrait as the main source of expression in studies that delve into the essence of the urban human being of the XNUMXst century. An exhibition that seeks to be a complement to the human being, the urban being, the one who lives in our cities and we see it day after day.
The young Cantabrian photography will also be the protagonist in the exhibition of The Q ship beats, with sample Ghosts, Pilar Oti, with an interesting series that explores other dimensions and investigates unreality. Taking as a starting point a Cantabrian church, this project is a story of women, of exile, anguish, acceptance, understanding, coexistence and generosity beyond what is humanly acceptable. A story of fusion between the material and the impalpable.
El Altamira National Museum and Research Center, is added for the first year as the headquarters of PHotoESPAÑA Santander as the second headquarters of the Carlos Irijalba project. In this space, And the Wall Became Allergic to Humans. Aura replica, brings back to their original context, in the form of photographs and 3D prints, the scans and 3D photogrammetries that were carried out in the Cantabrian cave in the 90s when these digital reproduction techniques were practically unknown.
El Palacete del Embarcadero hosts the sample of the winners of ANKARIAPHOTO. International Prize for Photography of the XXI century with the works of Jon Gorospe y Mayra martell. This award was created with the aim of encouraging authors to explore new expressive ways within the photographic language. The two winning projects share a vision focused on the future, move away from the documentary past of the image as an instant, and anticipate new paths to consider in the digital age.
Also, outdoor exposure We return will offer in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento a walk in images that celebrates the reunion with our loved ones after the separation imposed by the pandemic. This project that comes to the Festival from the hand of Hofmann, has the images of Jonás Bel, Marius Scarlat, Irene Cruz, Marta Soul, Víctor Puig, Rebecca Uliczka, Jorge Fuenbuena and Andrea Santolaya. We return was born with the intention of reflecting and highlighting the beauty and emotions of routines, customs, social practices or gestures that the population has managed to recover little by little in recent months. In short, to capture the return to normality of relationships with family, friends and the rest of our loved ones after a long time apart.
Espacio Alexandra, Juan Silió and Siboney, galleries at the OFF Festival
Gabriel Castano shown in Alexandra space Still life, in which the multidisciplinary artist starts from ephemeral sculptures of everyday objects that he assembles in the form of tense encounters, creating a personal visual poetics where chance is key. His images show the precise union between apparently discordant elements suspended in time and enclosed in the snapshot. It is a game of misunderstandings that leaves the complexity of the representation latent, and in which each viewer gives the final meaning.
For its part, the gallery Juan Silió collects the third part of Carlos Irijalba's project. On And the wall became allergic to humans. Metabolic replica, Carlos Irijalba emphasizes the technological filtering of cultural interpretation. The Altamira cave was discovered in 1879, in 1977 it was closed to the public and in 2001 the replica was opened.
This exhibition brings back, in the form of 3D photographs and prints, the 3D scans and photogrammetries that were carried out in the Altamira cave in the 90s when these digital reproduction techniques were practically unknown.
En Siboney the work of Claudia Terstappen. The central theme of his work is nature, for which he feels enormous devotion. His images focus on landscapes, but he tries to move away from the Western conception to get as close as possible to the vision that indigenous people have about the natural world, much more extensive and rich.
The PHotoESPAÑA Santander program is completed with proposals from various invited venues who will join the festival: the Madrazo Cultural Center. Image Space Association with the collective sample The window in the light; The Cavern of light, with Decision, Juan Uslé and Gil bookstore, with Aeternitatis, Emilio Pemjean.
Professional programs and activities for audiences
Along with the exhibition offer, PHotoESPAÑA Santander will once again have a space dedicated to photography professionals and will have various activities that will allow all audiences to approach this medium, from a different perspective.
The CASYC. Fundación Caja Cantabria will host a portfolio viewing that will offer participants the opportunity to show their work to professionals in the sector. From among all the participants, five projects will be selected that will participate in PHotoESPAÑA 2022 Discoveries. In addition, all participating projects will be eligible for the PHotoESPAÑA 2021 Discoveries award and show their work in a solo exhibition integrated into the official section of PHotoESPAÑA 2022.
For its part, the Naves de Gamazo of Fundación ENAIRE, a large exhibition center recently inaugurated in Santander, will be the setting in which the program of night screenings will take place. At night by the visual artist Javier Riera. His work brings nature and architecture closer together, proposing to the viewer the opening to a visionary and dreamlike experience based on the poetic flow of the projected images. The naves are thus transformed into the canvas on which a visual and symbolic proposal passes that differs from the concepts of the mapping usual.
In addition, the Gil Bookstore will host the presentation of The sand book, by Maria Primo, a project that delves into the absurd claim of the human being to dominate nature, keeping himself separated from it. The history of the great mobile dune of Valdevaqueros is the central axis of this project that presents a multifaceted approach that investigates the social, environmental and political history that led to the formation of the dune, relating it to philosophical questions.