Off Festival AwardPHotoESPAÑA aspires to be a great celebration of photography in which everyone feels invited: the festival hits the street to meet with the public, takes over Madrid, and extends throughout venues and institutions to make the city a great cultural space for three months in which the image plays the lead role. The galleries the participate in the Festival OFF play an essential role. Each year PHotoESPAÑA recognises one of the galleries with an award to the most noteworthy exhibition.
Regarding the Festival OFF Award, the jury recognised the show Concrete Island by Dionisio González at the Ivorypress gallery. This exhibition, which is open to the public until the 27th of July, gathers together a series of works that study the aspects and dystopian consequences of the architectural impulses spread around Europe in the early 1950s. In a difficult post-war period, with the ideas of the modern movement stagnant after having been a disturbing rupture with traditional architecture, a new generation of architects and urban planners designed an alternative city populated by the technological achievements of the war industry and aerospace research, responding to the profound mutations in society due to the social, cultural, economic and political crises.
Ivorypress was founded in London in 1996 by Elena Ochoa Foster as a publisher specialising in artist books. Currently, Ivorypress in Madrid engages in international activity related to contemporary art in the areas of exhibition curating, exhibition space, specialised bookshop, consulting, publishing projects, audiovisual production and educational programmes.
In addition, the jury of the OFF Award, made up of the collector Bárbara Mur; José María Díaz-Maroto, photographer and conservator of the public photography collection of Alcobendas; and Jaime Sordo, a collector and president of the 9915 collectors’ association, granted three honourable mentions. The first is to the Álvaro Alcazar gallery for the exhibitions Tree Series by Myoung Ho Lee, A Grove of Trees From a Point of View by Juan Millás and You Are What You Have Read by Anuca Aísa and Paz Juristo; the second is for the Rafael Pérez Hernando gallery for the show Infinite Artificial by Fernando Maselli; and third goes to the Moisés Pérez de Albéniz gallery for the collective show Cities.
Galería Silvestre: Catarina Botelho, Tercer paisaje
José de la Mano: Fernando Nuño, 1960-1975. Abstracciones [re]veladas
Ogami Press: Jesús Labandeira, Cuando aún nevaba
Ponce + Robles: Irene Grau, Lo que importaba estaba en la línea,
no en el extremo
Galería Paula Alonso: Manolo Bautista, Images of an Endless Journey
Max Estrella: Angélica Dass, Humanae
Galería Blanca Berlín: Toni Catany, Archivo de sombras
Helga de Alvear: Isaac Julien, Ten Thousand Waves
Galería Casado Santapau: Boris Mikhailov, Yesterday’s Sandwich 1969-1970
Magee Art Gallery: Accidentes de Jin Shi
Galería Moriarty: Nicolás Combarro, Línea de Sombra
Galería Magda Belloti: Juan Fernando Herrán
Egam: Fran Mohino
Distrito Cu4tro: Naia del Castillo
Galería Guereta: El Jardín de la Delicias
Galería Oliva Arauna: Alfredo Jaar
Galería Elba Benitez: Imágenes Nórdicas
Galería Oliva Arauna: Gabriele Basilico