Date: 12 November
Start of the activity: 18:00h*.
Approximate duration: 1 hour
Aimed at: All audiences
MORE INFORMATION: Free until full capacity is reached (prior registration required. You will receive a confirmation email).
*We recommend arriving 15 minutes before the start of the activity.
The common denomination of documentary style in the title of the exhibition should not conceal the very rich variety of approaches and procedures set out throughout the discourse of an exhibition that brings into play some of the key figures of photography, representative of several generations and whose production spanned a large part of the 20th century. In this sense, the journey through the places of the photographic gaze will explore the profound differences that emerge between the images if we analyse the traces of the strategies for approaching the situations recorded, of the ways of being and acting of those who photographed them, of those who remain in them as implicit presences.
The activity Places of the photographic gaze: Reconstructed Presences in the works of Sculpting Reality aims to promote combined exercises of virtual overcoming of the frameworks of representations that tend to be perceived as definitive, as irrefutable proofs of having been. The aim is to imagine the original spaces that included the people who took the photographs in order to reconstruct their physical dispositions, their attitudes and their decisions at the moment of entering into a relationship with the scenes. To this driving idea of the expanded frame is added the intention of reverting the perpetual fixity of the events captured in the images towards the ephemeral moments of the captures, towards the instants in which the states of reality adopted the forms of the works that we contemplate today.
Vicente Pla Vivas is teacher in History of Photography in the Department of Art History at the Universitat de València and co-director of the Arxiu Valencià del Disseny. He specialises in the study, interpretation and criticism of contemporary graphic images, photography, design and painting. This visit is part of the Bombas Special Visits programme.
Image credits: Garry Winogrand, Metropolitan Art Museum of Art Centennial Ball, New York City, New York, 1969 © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Frankel Gallery, San Francisco / Foto: Almudena Soullard