Nou-Now. Contemporary Catalan Photography.

Photographs by Xavier Ribas, Anna Ferrer, Manolo Laguillo, Jordi Bernadó, Joan Fontcuberta, Anna Malagrida, Manel Esclusa, Pere Formiguera, Toni Catany, Jorge Ribalta.
Institut Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Spain, 2007. In German, Catalan, English. Unpaged, 9x9".

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Publisher's Description

This project is part of the Catalan cultural theme of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2007 and a cooperation between the Institut Ramon Llull, Fotografie Forum international and the Culture Board of the city Frankfurt.

David Balsells, founder of the Primavera Fotogràfica de Catalunya ('photographic spring of Catalonia'), was chosen to curate NOU-NOW, Contemporary Catalan Photography for what he terms as a 're-generation' review of Catalan photography.

This exhibition bridges the unique Catalan photographic tradition by displaying recent works of the artists who have defined photography from the region since the mid 1980's. The younger talents born after 1970 have too already spun an international network. Anna Ferrer studied in Düsseldorf with the Bernd and Hilla Becher and her series of photographs shown here were made in Columbia. Anna Malagrida received her photographic degree in Arles, France and in 2007 was included in The New Faces from Spain exhibit in Seoul, Korea. Also revealed this year in the Actar Publishing was the first major monograph from Jordi Bernadó, born in 1966, titled True Loving and other Tales.

The metamorphism of place, society and objects flows in each artist's works in this exhibition. For Pere Formiguera it is collections of small objects over time contained in boxes, like words and stories in a book; for Manolo Languillo it is the city of Barcelona viewed from the hills of the city and not from the Port; Toni Catany, Xavier Ribas, and Manel Esclusa revere nature in its most basic and sensual form to its abstract complexity tampered by mankind. Jorge Ribalta questions the loss of the industrial age and contemporary art space by black and white photographs of tools. Joan Fontcuberta seminal work Herbarium published 1985 throughout Europe questioned traditional photographic observation of reality and truth. Continuing his signature Fontcuberta enlivens a controversial look at digital photography and the information web highway with the series Googlegrams (2006).

The Fotografie Forum international has long been host and beneficiary of the annual 'guest country' cultural programme of Frankfurt Book Fair. As with every year, the challenge lies to create a platform premiering new work and at the same time analyzes the photographer's identification to their home. The expansive interests of the international audience that the Fair season offers, is also a time to highlight and review what a country, or in this case a region, has given us photographically.


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