PHotoEspaña 2016, Madrid

PHotoEspaña 2016, Madrid

The 19th International Festival of Photography and Visual Arts PHotoEspaña takes place this summer and runs until 28 August. Following its opening at the beginning of June, PHotoEspaña continues to host a wealth of exhibitions and associated events across the city of Madrid. This year, the festival returns to celebrate emerging and historical photographic practices from Spain and Latin-American, alongside a new focus on work developing on the European continent.

Organised by La Fábrica, PHotoEspaña has become a central international forum for photography since its founding in 1998. Each year the festival attracts over 700,000 attendees and receives acclaim from prestigious critics, making it a popular cultural event in Spain. In 2016, the event welcomes a series of exhibitions commissioned by a range of specialists which seek to analyse the very concept of Europe; what it is, what it has been and how the continent as a whole is configured in social, geographic, political, economic or creative terms.

The line-up for the 19th edition includes solo shows of work by French photographer Bernard Plossu and Spanish photographer Linarejos Moreno; group exhibition Transiciones (Transitions), which features projects by Chris Killip, Jean Marc Bustamente, Candida Höfer and Boris Mikhaelov that focus on the tensions generated on the continent in the period between 1979-1989; and Migraciones (Migrations), a presentation on migratory movements that unites pieces from the Musée Nicéphore Niépce Collection with work by Peter Knapp, Mathieu Pernot, Antoine d’Agata and John Batho.

Recognition is also offered to key female practitioners and lesser-known figures of the 20th century in a series of dedicated displays: Vivian Maier, Street Photographer at Fundación Canal; Lucia Moholy, A Hundred Years Later at Loewe Gran Vía; Louise Dahl-Wolfe, A Style of her own at Círculo de Bellas Artes / Sala Goya; and Juana Biarnés, Against the current at Teatro Fernán Gómez, Centro Cultural de la Villa. Elsewhere, survey shows highlight prominent moments and themes in the medium’s history such as Intimate cartographies, an approach to interpersonal relationships at Casa de América and Faces. Portrait Photography in Europe since 1990 at CentroCentro Cibeles.

PHotoEspaña 2016, until 28 August. Venues across Madrid.

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1. Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Gemelas en la playa. Nasáu, Bahamas, 1949 © Louise Dahl-Wolfe, 1989 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents Cortesía de Staley-Wise Gallery, New York.