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Interfaces: Retrato y Comunicación
Gerardo Mosquera

Interfaces: Retrato y Comunicación

Interfaces: Retrato y ComunicaciónPHotoESPAÑA 11
Interfaces: Retrato y Comunicación
Gerardo Mosquera
La Fabrica


224 pages
150 x 220 mm


The face is the main bearer of individual identity. At the same time, it reflects personality. Since it is a representation, it also includes the agency of the portraitist who constructs the artwork. Furthermore, every image requires the participation of a receiver who interprets it.

This triangle, with its interactions and complexities, forms the general framework of PHotoEspaña 2011: Interfaces. Portraiture an Communication. This collection of essays on the portrait by a wide range of authors, many of which are original pieces, contributes to the discussion.
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PHotoESPAÑA was born in June 1998 with the aim of being a photography festival carried out by society. Promoted by the Contemporary Foundation and organized by La Fábrica, PHotoESPAÑA makes Madrid and Spain become each year a meeting point for the world of Photography. A festival designed and made in Spain, which has become an international reference thanks to the work and involvement of specialists and agents from the artistic, cultural, and political fields, the collaboration of institutions and the participation of the public.

The Festival has always had a international vision, directing his gaze to large artistic territories: Europe, North America, Latin America, the Far East, etc. However, Spanish photography has always had a relevant role in PHotoESPAÑA, whose intention is to present a panorama that accounts for its richness, energy and plurality. The seventeenth edition, in 2014, was entirely dedicated to the evolution of Spanish photography from the XNUMXth century to the present, highlighting the work of young creators who are contributing new ways of looking at photography and who enjoy an important international echo.

One of the most personal characteristics of the Festival is the choice of a general commissioner who is in charge of programming for three consecutive years. Three years are enough to develop theories and concepts around the photographic fact.

About the Artist
Gerardo Mosquera is an independent curator, art critic and historian, and writer, based in La Habana, Madrid and the world. Advisor to the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Holland, and other cultural institutions. Member of the boards of several international magazines and art centers. Co-founder of the La Habana Biennial and Co-curator of its three initial editions, he has been curator of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, Artistic Director of PHotoEspaña, Madrid, and, recently, of the IV Poli/Gráfica Triennial of San Juan, the III Documents, Beijing, and the XXI Biennial of Art Paiz, Guatemala. He has organized other biennials and numerous international exhibitions around the world. His last exhibition, Useless. Machines for Dreaming, Thinking, and Seeing, is currently on display at The Bronx Museum, New York. He has published several books and more than 700 texts in other books, catalogs and magazines of various countries. Among other topics, he has reflected on issues of art, globalization and cultural dynamics, and on the notion of Latin American art. He has organized and participated in multiple international symposiums, and has given conferences and seminars in universities and other institutions in the five continents. He received the Guggenheim Scholarship, New York, in 1990.

About the Publisher
La Fábrica is the publishing area of La Fábrica, a private company of cultural management. They publish books and magazines focused on photography, art and literature as well as making books on behalf of private companies and public institutions.

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