“Spanish contemporary photography is largely unknown. Internationally there is a tremendous lack of awareness surrounding it, which not only affects present production but also has affected production from the entire 20th century. Our country is one which catapults a few big names abroad and omits the rest. This is a dangerous tendency which is growing outdated since nowadays a photographer is no longer the “Lone Ranger” that it once was. I would define the spanish photographic panorama as considerable and diverse and with a rich history, but also, unfortunately, with few opportunities to be appropriately distributed.
Bodies of work are mainly developed on the international stage since they understand well that the area of questioning is global and that the real market exists outside our borders. Aranda and Liste are clear examples of this tendency but there is a long list of other photographers such as Moleres, Bonet, Armangué, Valle, Abril, Colectivo Ruido, Bach, Blanch, Bassolí, Spottorno, Bonsfills among many others that are being recognised for their talent through foreign prizes and grants, while in the national arena they are almost unknown and unpublished. We live in a world where the consumption of information and images is global, popularised, manipulated and homogenous. This is an alarming loss of information that is already enormously affecting the human and intellectual development of our society. ”
Silvia Omedes, on Spanish Photography
Silvia Omedes is the invited curator of this exhibition. She is an art manager, independent curator, photography agent, picture editor, and documentary photography professor. She studied a Bachelor of Arts at The New School for Social Research in New York, and started her professional experience working for The Guggenheim Museum in New York and later for the CCCB as an exhibition coordinator. Years later, she has achieved an MBA in ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.
She is the director and founder of Photographic Social Vision Foundation in Barcelona, a non-profit platform that supports photojournalism through the creation and coordination of high quality photographic exhibitions, conferences and workshops since 2001 and that has recently created a summer photography festival, DOCfield.
She currently works as an independent curator for private and public spaces in Spain and she's been the free-lance photography editor at BLUME publisher, 7.7 digital magazine and Ojodepez magazine. She combines visiting lectures on documentary photography at Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), the Institute of European Design (IED) in Madrid, Gris Art School of Photography in Barcelona with the creation of alternative photography projects that challenge our society and provide light and awareness on social issues. Over the last 2 years she's been a master class professor and a Committee Member at Joop Swart Masterclass grant for the World Press Photo Foundation.