For its 19th edition, PHotoEspaña will be dedicated exclusively to European photography, in keeping with the criteria initiated in 2014 of focusing on a single geographic area.
Given that the size and variety of the historical, cultural and creative breadth of such a large territory makes an encyclopedic approach impracticable, we hope to offer a program showing the confluences, bifurcations and contrasts that photography has experienced in this region.
The exhibition program will explore the development of European photography from its origins to the present, highlighting oblique perspectives as well as thematic and contextualizing approaches.
The 19th edition of PHotoEspaña, the International Festival of Photography and Visual Arts will take place from June 1st to August 28th, 2016.
The Festival’s artistic program will feature shows curated by diverse specialists with the aim of analyzing the very notion of Europe: what it is, what is has been and how it is configuring the continent in social, geographic, political, economic and creative terms. Among the exhibitions offered by PHE16 are solo shows by Bernard Plossu, winner of the PHotoEspaña Award in 2013, and the Spanish artist Linarejos Moreno. Group shows include “Transitions,” which will explore the tensions of the period 1979 – 1989 on the continent as articulated by artists such as Chris Killip, Jean Marc Bustamante, Candida Höfer and Boris Mikhailov, among others; and “Migrations,” which will reflect upon migratory movements through a selection of works from the Musée Nicéphore Niépce together with contemporary artists including Peter Knapp, Mathieu Pernot, Antoine d’Agata and John Batho.
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