03.04.2019 - 03.04.2019
From the 2nd to the 6th of April, Azkuna Zentroa holds a new edition of Gutun Zuria, the Bilbao International Literature Festival. A true highlight of the event is the conversation between photographers Christina de Middel, Joan Fontcuberta and Agustín Fernández Mallo, to be livestreamed on the smARTplaces website on the 3rd of April at 7.30 pm CET.
Cristina de Middel. Alicante, 1975.
Since her beginnings in photo-journalism, nothing of a photographic nature has been alien to her. Her series (from Los Afronautas to Pop Totem, including Party) act like visual novels, small iconographic treaties or documents on manipulation of reality. National Photography Prizewinner, curator of Photo Spain or a Magnum nominee, her narrations are an antidote against solemnity, in both art and literature.
Joan Fontcuberta. Barcelona, 1955.
He is, perhaps, the least literal photographer and the most literary of all. As a writer, he has won the National Essay Award and, as an artist, the National Photography Prize as well as the Hasselblad Award (catalogued as the Nobel Prize in Literature or the Pritzker Architecture Prize). His photographic fictions are already legendary to the point of being assumed as true, and they have received increasing attention in the news and TV programmes, as occurred with the cosmonaut Ivan Istoichnikov or the photographer Ximo Berenguer.
Agustín Fernández Mallo. La Coruña, 1967.
This author’s year was 2018. He began by winning the Biblioteca Breve award for his novel Trilogía de la guerra, and finished with a no less ambitious essay: Teoría general de la basura. Founder of the so-called Nocilla Generation and artifice of expanded literature in Spain, his writing is a natural cross between text and visual image which is not understood without the hallmark of sculptor Robert Smithson, minimalism or land art.