Theme and curator
Allende is an independent curator, creative producer and educator. She is collaborating with WeTransfer as a creative director, she was the director of FORMAT17 International Photography Festival, she has collaborated with Screen Projects and is producing several multidisciplinary projects with artists and digital platforms worldwide.
Previously Monica was the Photo Editor at the Sunday Times Magazine, where she launched Spectrum, the award-winning photography section. She is a visiting lecturer at the London College of Communication and lectures and teaches workshops at ScreenLab, London; EFTI, Madrid; Tashkeil, Saudi Arabia; the University of Sunderland’s Mentorship Business Programme; Festival Internazionale a Ferrara; WPP workshop Angola; Magnum Professional Practice Workshops, among others.
She nominates photographers for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, the Prix Pictet and The Joop Swart Masterclass/ WPP; FOAM Paul Huf Award and she has served on juries worldwide including the World Press Photo, Bar Tur Photobook Award, La Fabrica/Photo London Dummy Award, Phmuseum Award, Visura Grant, National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, among many other. Monica produced and curated Darfur: Images Against Impunity, an exhibition and a book by Stanley Greene, Lynsey Addario and Alvaro Ybarra Zavala.
She is the recipient of the Amnesty International Media Photojournalism Award, the Picture Editor’s Award, the Online Press Award and Magazine Design Award for Best Use of Photography.
By Monica Allende
Globalisation has certainly benefited large segments of humanity, but there are signs of growing inequality, and as some groups increasingly monopolise the benefits of globalisation, billions are left behind. The effects of this dissatisfaction are becoming apparent through the increased polarisation of political discourse, the rise of populism, of demands for greater national protectionism, and of anti-immigrant sentiments, which have dominated mainstream policies and debates in the majority of recent elections in the Western World and their outcomes, particularly those of the Brexit vote in the UK and of the US elections.
The impact of climate change, rapid global growth, and over-consumerism are forcing humans into direct conflict not only among themselves, but with other species and mother nature herself over the way the planet’s limited natural resources are shared. Never has our daily life been more impactful on the environment, on how and what we eat, on where we go… Meanwhile the fast development of new technologies, scientific research and biotechnologies is resulting in a revolutionary transformation of the pace at which homo sapiens evolves individually and explores exciting new facets of knowledge.
Transitions as a process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another, aims to be the beginning of many conversations within a broader social participatory conversation, as we are all protagonists of the unfolding story from which we can no longer exclude ourselves.
Presented as a trilogy and addressing one common concern, the uncertainty of the near future, it will show the work of visual story tellers from around the world engaged in multidisciplinary narratives, each chapter being curated as one layer running from the “outer “ to the “inner”. This will encompass the effects of globalized existence, the reframing of the social contract within the tribe and, lastly, exploration of the singular mutations of homo sapiens and the self in this period of accelerating transformations.
To pause, think and reflect might be a necessary requirement to reframe the discourse in a forward direction, or at least to consider the future we wish to belong to and are responsible for.AuthorsLab
Photobook as object, with Yumi Goto and Juanan Requena
How to turn a photographic body of work into a book?
For the first time in Europe, curator Yumi Goto will gave an experimental lab in collaboration with Spanish artist Juanan Requena.
This lab explored the stages in creating a photobook – from conceptualising to editing/sequencing of images to designing, to selecting formats and size and printing of the photobook.
The lab emphasized the development of the narrative, analyzing its relationship with materials and formats to communicate their ideas and produce a dummy photobook.
The dummies were presented publicly during the Opening Week of the Festival. The participants of the Experimental Lab were:
.Diego Aldasoro, Lo que queda
.Isaac Rupérez, Than nothing than flowers
.Tere Fernández, Siempre aún
.Amaia Salazar, Nunca vi otra mariposa
.Sonia Hamza, Les couleurs de Tokyo
.Arimasa Fukukawa, Triny
.Marco Garro, Fiebre del oro
.Pablo Ortiz Ruiz, Egosistemas
Yumi Goto is an independent photography curator, editor, researcher, consultant, educator and publisher who focuses on the development of cultural exchanges that transcend borders.
She collaborates with local and international artists who live and work in areas affected by conflict, natural disasters, current social problems, human rights abuses and women’s issues. She often works with human rights advocates, international and local NGOs, humanitarian organizations and as well as being involved as a nominator and juror for the international photographic organizations, festivals and events.
She is now based in Tokyo and also a co-funder and curator for the Reminders Photography Stronghold which is curated membership gallery space in Tokyo enabling a wide range of photographic activities.
Juanan was born in an arid village in La Mancha, where he was captivated by the horizons as he built huts among the maize fields. Following beautiful failures and continuous drifts, he moved to the South Sea, where he learnt hendecasyllables and quejíos selling books and serving coffees. He became a traveller while wiring the tours of rock ‘n’ roll bands and filling up endless diaries. In this way, he roamed nomadically, covered in salt residue and shrouded in doubts, until he persuaded himself that poetry and the gaze could converge in the same incandescence. Today, he still strives incessantly to reflect this struggle.Lock-in vol.5
Lock-in is a format that reviews and challenges the conventional uses and consumption of images. It lasts one day, packed with informal talks and dialogues, including lunch. Friendly atmosphere. At a remote place, so there is no easy escape for speakers or for attendees.
El paisaje y el territorio como construcción de uno mismo
Curator Mireia A. Puigventós and photographer Jon Cazenave will go through the author’s work and will talk about some topics related to his work: artistic expression through landscape, self-narration or the search of the emptiness.
Dos visiones de la fotografía documental
Three Basque photographers –Bego Antón, Markel Redondo and Ivan Urarte– will talk about their work and the topics they are concerned about. They will also reflect on the different focuses they approach to tell stories.
El camino de vuelta a casa
José Manuel Navia and Matías Costa authors will talk about the influence of literature on their work and the more and more personal and intimate approach of their projects while they delve into concepts such as memory, origin and identity.
Sobre los géneros, el azar y los límites
Filmmaker and writer Oskar Alegria and photographer Paco Gómez will reflect about gender hybridization, freedom to create, inspiration sources and the search of oneself, among other topics.
OSKAR ALEGRIA. Writer and cinema director.
Pamplona, 1973. A journalist by training, teaches on the Master’s Degree in audio-visual scripting at the University of Navarre. Is the author of an artistic photography project called Las ciudades visibles, underwritten by Enrique Vila-Matas. Chosen by Variety magazine as one of the 10 most promising filmmakers on the Spanish scene, his first feature film, Emak Bakia baita, has done the rounds of 70 international festivals, was feted with 15 awards and translated into 13 languages. The television programme Versión Española gave him the Navaja de Buñuel Award and selected his film as the 2013 revelation of the year in Spain. Was the artistic director of the Punto de Vista Documentary Film Festival for four years (2014-2017).
BEGO ANTÓN. Photographer
Born in Bilbao in 1983. She studied Journalism at the University of the Basque Country and specialized in Documentary Photography in Barcelona. Her photographic work usually explores the contradictory relationships humans have with nature and animals. Her work has been published in Lens Blog of The New York Time, National Geographic, Esquire, Le Monde, CNN Photos, The British Journal of Photography or Stand Quarterly. She has exhibited in the FotoWeek DC, Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, in PhotoEspaña 2014 and in 2017 (group exhibition Un cierto panorama), among others. She was chosen as a participant in the Joop Swart Masterclass of World Press Photo 2014 and this year she have received the Revelation PhotoEspaña Award.
JON CAZENAVE. Photographer
Born in San Sebastian in 1978. Jon has a degree in Business and Economic Sciences from the University of Deusto. Since 2007, he has been working on Galerna, a long-term photographic project about the identity of the Basque people. He has taken part in festivals such as Les Rencontres d´Arles, Noorderlicht, Photoespaña, TIPF, Encontros da Imagem de Braga and Tbilisi Photo, as well as in collective art projects such as Horizon, a research laboratory, and Ixil Ar, an ongoing conversation about Jorge Oteiza. His work has been recognized in contests such as FotoPres La Caixa, Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña, Tokyo International Photography Award, PDN Student Award or Voies Off. He has had three books published – Herri Ixilean, Galerna and Ama Lur. Jon was selected to participate in European Eyes on Japan as representative of the European Capital of Culture Donostia – San Sebastián 2016 and has just participated in the exhibition Un cierto panorama in PhotoEspaña.
MATIAS COSTA. Photographer
Buenos Aires, 1973. Lives in Madrid. Journalist graduated from the Complutense University of Madrid. Through photography and writing, his work explores questions that include territory, identity and memory. Has received various international awards, amongst which are the World Press Photo, Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña and, recently, the Banca March Prize. Has held important exhibitions at the Museo Reina Sofía, the Centro de la Imagen de México and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Panamá. He has published the books Zonians (2015), The Family Project (2012) and Photobolsillo Matías Costa (2011). Collaborates regularly with media such as The New York Times and El País Semanal and is a member of the British agency Panos Pictures. A founding member of the NOPHOTO collective, he teaches at the TAI, EFTI and LENS schools in Madrid.
PACO GOMEZ. Photographer and editor (among other things)
Madrid, 1971. An engineer by profession, since 1996 he has been engaged in the world of images and currently combines his work as a photographer with that of writer, curator and exhibition designer and coordinator of editorial projects. Has been involved in the foundations of projects including República No Fotos, Proyecta digital projections and the collective NOPHOTO. Has received the Injuve Photography 2001 and PhotoEspaña 2002 Photographer Revelation Award, among others. In 2013 he published Los Modlin, a book that straddles the fields of photography and literature that garnered unprecedented success in the area of film self-distribution. In 2016 he published Project K., an illustrated historical science fiction novel. He is presently in the process of editing the book Volverás a la Antártida, written using whatsapp with adventurer Hilo Moreno. Has just curated Fernando Maquieira’s exhibition Guía Nocturna de Museos, at the Tabacalera in Madrid.
Madrid, 1957. Graduated in Philosophy in 1980. His work as a reporter led to a more personal delayed photograph, always in colour and set within a documentary context. Member of Agence VU in Paris since 1992. His pictures have deep Iberian roots and explore territories and peoples linked one way or another with his origins and culture. He is obsessed by the power of signification of photography and its relationship with literature, with words. During 2014 and 2015 he was engaged full-time working on the book and show Miguel de Cervantes o el deseo de vivir. The book Nóstos (2013), and its accompanying exhibition in 2014, is a continuation of his most personal line of activity, which started off with Pisadas sonámbulas: lusofonías (2001, second edition 2008). Other books and shows where his work is offered are Cuenca en la mirada (2014), Luz y sombra (2014), Un Madrid literario (2009), Ciudades Patrimonio de la Humanidad (2008), Antonio Machado, miradas (2007), La creciente (2006), Viaje a la Historia (2005), Territorios del Quijote (2004), Marruecos, fragmentos de lo cotidiano (2003), Desde la catedral (2003) and Navia (PhotoBolsillo, 2001).
MIREIA A. PUIGVENTÓS. Art historian and cultural manager
Barcelona, 1977. Is an Art History graduate and obtained a PhD in Artistic, Literary and Cultural Studies. Places her research alongside gender studies, feminist historiography, memory and visual culture. Recently took part in the production of the photography book Like by Eduardo Nave (2017). With the same author, she also formed part of the artistic direction of his shows Once de marzo at the National Museum of Anthropology (2016) and A la hora, en el lugar at Conde Duque in Madrid (2014-2016). Scripted the documentary short Diary of a Journey. A tribute to Inge Morath, shown in the Espacio Fundación Telefónica in Madrid (2016); curated Benjamín Cano’s La vida secreta del aire at the Museo Esteban Vicente in Segovia (2014-2015); and was content director of the publications The path of the wind, Ivorypress (2014) and Inland, Ed. Turner (2014).
MARKEL REDONDO. Photographer
Born in Bilbao in 1978. A day before he was due to begin a degree he decided to leave it and start a career in photography. He travelled to China where, while studying for an MA in Photojournalism, he worked for a number of agencies, newspapers and magazines. In 2007 he returned to the Basque Country and no he lives between Bilbao and Bayonne. He has exhibited in Singapore, New York, Valencia, Ireland, Barcelona and Guernsey and work for New York Times, Time, El Pais Semanal, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Stern, Monocle, UNHCR, Greenpeace, Lufthansa Magazine and Sunday Times Magazine among others. His photography work is represented by Panos Pictures.
IVAN URARTE. Photographer
Ivan Urarte got involved in photography in 2003 when he started attending the course in Creative Photography at the School of Arts and Crafts of Vitoria-Gasteiz; from this point on his involvement in this medium of expression has been a constant. In 2005 he moved to Barcelona where he followed a course specializing in photo-reportage at IDEP. He subsequently determined to explore other surroundings and opportunities and moved to Los Angeles, USA, where he worked as a still photographer and art assistant in the movie industry. He also covered a number of film festivals for Filmin, a web platform. In 2013 he was awarded a grant from the Creation of Artistic Projects Programme of the Montehermoso Cultural Centre and the City of Vitoria for his Latitude project which was subsequently exhibited at the Montehermoso Centre, with the World Press Photo 2013 exhibition and Desaparecidos by Gervasio Sanchez. Currently he is working as a teacher in the Center of Contemporary Photography CFC Bilbao.