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The commitment of 40 photojournalists to the conflicts of our time
Palau Robert and DKV present the exhibition “Creators of Consciousness. 40 committed photojournalists”, which wants to pay tribute to the Spanish camera professionals who are risking their lives in armed conflicts, natural disasters or autarchical regimes.
The showing is presented in Sala 3, from the 7th of September of this year to the 10th of February of 2019.
The exhibition presents unique scenes that invite reflection on situations that will connect with the collective conscience of the visitor.
This travelling exhibition is a project produced by the insurance company DKV on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of their actions of Social Responsibility, and that in Catalonia has the support of the Generalitat de Catalunya. The exhibition starts the tour at the Palau Robert in Barcelona, and afterwards it will go to Madrid, Zaragoza and Valencia.
"Creators of Consciousness" includes the work of 40 photojournalists, some with a long career, like Gervasio Sánchez, Kim Manresa, Sergi Cámara or Clemente Bernad and others a bit younger, such as Javier Corso, Manu Brabo, Samuel Aranda, Bernat Armangué or Lurdes Basolí.
The 120 photographs that are shown in the exhibition have been published in the world’s most important media. The pictures show disturbing realities of far-off places such as Syria, Colombia, Venezuela, Iraq, Egypt, etc., and also situations that we can find in our own neighbourhood or city. Some of the photographers that exhibit have done their work in the same city they live in. All the photographs are treated with seriousness and rigour, and with a special soul and magic.
The exhibition, in addition to stirring consciences in order to stop people from disregarding injustices, abuses and human pain, pays tribute to a generation of photojournalists who have shown with images the significant moments in recent history, at times in precarious situations and assuming risks. A very important task in hectic and tumultuous historical moments, that has not always gotten a fair recognition. For this reason, DKV is committed to this initiative to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Social Responsibility Programme, with the aim of addressing the issues that have been treated during these twenty years such as problems of climate change, diseases, health, disability or socially marginalized groups.
The title of the exhibition was suggested by the curator Chema Conesa during a preparatory meeting of the project. He was fully aware of the complexity of representing all the sensitivities that motivate photographers to keep working in this profession. Although at the beginning there was some controversy because of the commercial purpose of the initial object of these photographs, it was decided that this would be the title, because the emotional consequences of a picture can never be chosen by the photographer. The photograph does not belong to the one who takes it, but to the one who contemplates it. Therefore the possible emotion that follows its contemplation may not have anything to do with the intention of the person who took the picture.
Chema Conesa and Juan Manuel Castro selected from a longer initial list the 40 photographers that were alive and still active. The first criterion was that they were active or in professional photographic functions that kept the link with photography to communicate in press or any other support. They also took into account that their career was built on time, dedication and professionalism, that they had gotten a prize or recognition and that the excellence of the picture was perfectly represented.
The curators have worked together in a coordinated manner with the chosen photographers. Chema Conesa explains that they looked through their work and did a first selection of topics. “We got in contact with them, -says Conesa- we showed them the photographs we had chosen and we asked them for their own selection of the pictures they considered the best of their work. We told them that the final choice would be made by us, since in many cases they had covered the same topical issues and some of the contents were similar, which we wanted to avoid because of the diversity of themes that we wanted to cover”. The curators chose three pictures from each photographer with the idea of creating a collection that tried to draw a map of the problems of our time.
Photojournalism, the veracity of the information
The curator Chema Conesa believes that photography can evoke any emotion: disgust, boredom, disappointment, beauty, but also awareness. Many pictures that have become historical documents support the thesis... Most people keep in memory, for example, the shocking photo of the dying militiaman taken by Robert Capa, who travelled to Spain to fight against fascism with his camera.
Conesa points out that the photojournalists today represent the first line of the veracity of information. “Their code of ethics with regard to the possible manipulation of the picture – he claims – is the first line of professional commitment. They tend to be independent people, they are not connected to official organizational charts and are aware of their mission. They know that the bad praxis of their profession represents a great burden for the media that publishes their pictures”.
The group Reporters Without Borders also participates in the project and will receive all profits raised with the book of the exhibition.
Samuel Aranda, Bernat Armangué, Walter Astrada, Sandra Balsells, Lurdes R. Basolí, Javier Bauluz, Clemente Bernad, Pep Bonet, Manu Brabo, Olmo Calvo, Sergi Cámara, José Cendón, José Colón, Javier Corso, Ricky Dávila, Juan M. Díaz Burgos, Ricardo García Vilanova, Antonio González Caro, Diego Ibarra Sánchez, Sebastian Liste, JM López, Andoni Lubaki, Kim Manresa, Enric Martí, Andrés Martínez Casares, Maysun, Fernando Moleres, Alfonso Moral, Emilio Morenatti, Daniel Ochoa de Olza, Ana Palacios, Santi Palacios, Judith Prat, Abel Ruiz de León, Rafael S. Fabrés, Gervasio Sánchez, Carlos Spottorno, Rafael Trobat, Guillem Valle i Mingo Venero.
RAFAEL TROBAT. Adulto y niño comparten bolsa de pegamento. Pobreza en Nicaragua. Managua 1996
FERNANDO MOLERES. Orquesta sinfónica para mujeres ciegas. El Cairo 2011
CARLOS SPOTTORNO. Pobreza en España. Algeciras 2009
EMILIO MORENATTI. Busha Shari, atacada con ácido por su marido. Islamabad. Pakistan 2008