Back from the 21st edition of PHoto Espana, the results are in line with the event through 90 exhibitions and more than 500 photographers represented.
International and local could be the motto of the festival defended by Claude Bussac who begins to move the cursor beyond the limits of the medium under the prism of the game under the impulse of Cristina de Middel. A trend in phase with recent changes in the photographic landscape and which brings a little welcome freshness as she emphasizes.
In addition to the expected signatures such as Graciela Iturbe (Alcobendas), Cecil Beaton (Canal Foundation), Carlos Canovas (ICO Museum) or the pictorialist the palm of originality goes to Players by Magnumcuratée by Cristina de Middel and Martin Parr, a totally iconoclastic and unexpected vision around 46 members of the agency grouped under this angle and not under usual subjects such as conflicts…
Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop” (Cristina’s carte blanche) on the field of transgression with installations, videos, performances. The same goes for n“Grand World Final” around 6 artists representing 6 continents convened by Cristina among whom stands out Ana Hell and her surrealist inspiration project Secret Friends around this double she invents and places in hilarious everyday situations.
Samsung invites itself in the game through workshops commissioned from Cristina de Middel, a powerful”playeur” who joins the growing role of brands in the panorama of cultural events
Other scoops: The Elegant Senegal, the anonymous of Saint-Louis by the Revue Noire, the selection of images from “Archives of Modern Conflict”(London) around the imagination conveyed by the circus and the archives Lafuente “The Soviet Century (1917-1972)” on which Claude Bussac returned during our interview. French, she has led the destiny of the festival since 2006 through the agency La Fabrica after having, among others, ensured the artistic direction of the Casa Velázquez, supporting a plural and broad vision of photography.