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Science & Friction
Joan Fontcuberta

Science & Friction Joan Fontcuberta

Science & Friction Joan FontcubertaScience & Friction
Joan Fontcuberta
Polish, English


28 pages
155 x 210 mm
ISBN Not Available


This is a catalogue of the Joan Fontcuberta exhibition Science & Friction which took place at the Fotofestiwal in Łódź, Poland in 2017. The exhibition of the works created by a classical master of artistic deception and weaving fiction and reality. For many years, he has been questioning the credibility of photography and the media, provoking and testing our habits and beliefs. The exhibition presents three projects. Herbarium (1982) and Constellations (1994) will introduce you into the fantastic world of quasi-botany and pseudo-astronomy, Fauna (1989) is a seemingly documentary project on research by an unknown biologist, who discovers new animal species. A snake with centipede’s legs and a monkey with a horse’s torso are just examples of what you can find in this bestiary.

About the Artist
Joan Fontcuberta is a conceptual artist as well as being a writer, editor, curator and teacher. He graduated in Communication at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1977. After working in advertising, he taught at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona from 1979-1986. He was one of the founders of „Photovision” magazine, originally launched in 1980, becoming a major publication in the field of European photography. Since 1993 he is professor of Communication Studies at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Among the most representative institutions where his work has been exhibited we find: MACBA (Barcelona), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), CCCB (Barcelona), MNAC (Barcelona), Zabriskie Gallery (New York), the Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg), Harvard University (USA), MOMA (New York), the Maison Européene de la Photographie (Paris) etc.  In 1994 he was ordained Knight of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture. In 2011 he won the National Essay Prize Essay in Spain and in 2013 he obtained the prestigious Hasselblad Photography Award.

About the Organisation
Fotofestiwal was established in 2001 as one of the first photography events in Poland. It was a spontaneous initiative of students and lecturers of the Sociology Department. Since then, photography and ways of organizing cultural events have transformed. The same has been true for Fotofestiwal itself – we have a different perspective towards the program, we work differently, our viewer’s needs have changed. Still, Fotofestiwal remains a space for presenting various forms and types of photography, a forum for discussion about art and society, a motivation to search for alternative methods of discussing and exhibiting photography. But first of all, invariably, it is a place where people meet.

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