Meeting with Maira Villela

To celebrate the XXV edition of PHotoESPAÑA we scheduled a meeting at the TAI University School of Arts, to present the Festival and its development over the years. Maíra Villela, Head of Exhibitions and PHE Discoveries, will comment on the structure of PHotoESPAÑA and the different phases of managing an exhibition proposal.

The idea is to offer participants the opportunity to learn about the procedures and work experiences of the team. Every year PHotoESPAÑA creates a program that brings the main artists and professionals of the sector closer to our environment. In this presentation, the platforms and activities that are a boost to photographic creation and the relationship of this context with the role of photography in our culture will be valued.

Maíra Villela

Since 2014 he has been in charge of Exhibitions at PHotoESPAÑA, since 2019 of PHE Discoveries with portfolio viewings and the Carta Blanca program of Cristina de Middel, of the invited curators of PHotoESPAÑA 2019, 2021 and 2022 with Susan Bright, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Sandra Guimaraes and Vicente Todolí; she also coordinated exhibitions by Alberto García-Alix, Samuel Fosso, Luis González Palma, Elina Brotherus, Clare Strand, Joel Meyerowitz, Cecil Beaton, Bernard Plossu, and others.

In 2021 he has curated the exhibition Cities in the City with Virgílio Ferreira who was presented at the Porto Photography Biennial with projects focused on sustainability. From 2021 to 2022 she has worked together with the artist Ana Paes on the Malas Hierbas project for the program They: Live selected by Creative Europe, of the European Union.

In Brazil, starting in 2005 she was a photojournalist for five years and from 2010 to 2011 a graphic editor. In 2013 she coordinated the PHotoEspaña.BR and in 2015 the Fotolivros Meeting, both for the SESC of São Paulo. She has a degree in Journalism and a postgraduate degree in Photojournalism from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She has more than 10 years of experience in the design and coordination of exhibition projects and events in the areas of photography and music.

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Date: 08.06.2022

Virtual: TAI University School of Arts (Recoletos, 22 – Madrid) Room 502

Hours: 17.00 - 18.30 h.

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Organized by: TAI University School of Arts and PHotoESPAÑA

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