28 Apr 2022—21:00
Photobook à La Portugaise
Photobook à la Portugaise wants to reflect on one of the most dynamic phenomena in contemporary photography, the photobook. Even if its origins date back to the 19th century, coinciding with the beginnings of the photographic medium, it is since 2010 that this medium seems to have achieved greater visibility. With countless events and awards dedicated yearly to the photobook, it has led some experts to proclaim a golden age of the medium. However, critical discourses around the photobook remain scarce.
In this conversation with some of the most active representatives of the photobook ecosystem in Portugal, different practices that converge in the production of the medium (photography, design, editing and distribution) will be addressed, through examples of photobooks that marked each participant's trajectory.
Archivo, is an independent project about photography and visual culture. With the aim of bringing theory and practice closer, the platform brings together an interdisciplinary network of international researchers and artists who contribute to the production of original content that encompass editorial, curatorial and training contexts. In this context, they promote critical reflection on photographic practice and its impact on the perception of reality, as well as on the production of knowledge, thus providing interactions between academic, artistic and cultural dimensions.
This communication will address the editorial path of the platform, which resulted in the publisher Archivo Press, namely through examples such as the quarterly magazine ArchivoZine [2012-2016], as well as more recent editorial models such as the case of Archivo Papers Journal, an open access bi-annual publication.
Salut au monde!, Porto
Pablo Berástegui has developed a solid career as a cultural producer in Spain, working in different areas, mainly on large projects with a common denominator: being the result of the collaboration of numerous entities.
As an example, we can mention different projects and, in particular, the one developed as Director General of Donostia San Sebastián 2016 European Capital of Culture, between October 2014 and June 2017, the most ambitious project he has been involved in since starting his career as manager of cultural projects.
He was also director of the International Festival of Photography and Visual Arts PHotoEspaña, between 2002 and 2006, a festival in which he began working as general coordinator in 1999; in addition to four editions of La noche en blanco, corresponding to the years 2007 to 2010. In 2008, he was appointed General Coordinator of Matadero Madrid, a new center for contemporary creation in the city, where he worked until December 2012, when he was invited to take over the redefining and launching another major cultural project in the capital, Centro Conde Duque, a work to which he was dedicated to in 2013. At the end of this commission, he left Madrid to carry out the Pausaproject, a residency program for artists, thinkers or poets in rural areas, already in Portugal.
Currently, Pablo Berástegui lives between Madrid and Porto, where he directs the project Salut au monde!, a contemporary photography exhibition program focused on exploring who the Others are – who a priori does not resemble the idea we have of ourselves – and celebrate difference.
In addition to his work at Salut au monde!, Berástegui is a professor of Design and management of cultural projects at the Master in Curatorial Studies at the University of Navarra and commissioner of the Sustentar program, a project organised and produced by Ci.CLO Plataforma de Fotografia and developed in partnership with the Municipalities of Évora, Figueira da Foz, Loulé, Mértola, Setúbal and Porto.
Galeria Portátil, Pierrot Le Fou, Porto
Pierrot Le Fou is an independent publishing house dedicated to photography founded in 2012, by Dulcineia Neves dos Santos, Susana Lourenço Marques, Bruno Figueiredo e Pedro Bandeira, based in Porto.
XYZ Books, Lisbon
XYZ Books originated as a bookshop focused on photobooks that opened its doors June 14th 2013 in Chiado area, central Lisbon. After a maturation period of two years the bookshop joined Ilha and relocated itself to Anjos area, a residential neighbourhood in central Lisbon that, over the last few years, has been establishing itself as one of Lisbon’s main cultural hubs. Nowadays XYZ Books is much more than just a bookshop, it is also a publishing house and a artistic research center for artistic publications.