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September 16th, 2011 No Comments

The CCCB commemorates the tenth anniversary of the attacks with an installation by the artist Francesc Torres and a cycle of lectures

This week has seen the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the CCCB wishes to join the commemorative events by contributing towards the reflections arising from them. Some days ago, the installation “Memòria fragmentada. 11-S NY Artefactes a l’Hangar 17” (Fragmented Memory: 9/11-NY Artefacts in Hangar 17) by the artist Francesc Torres was inaugurated. This is based on photographs he was able to take several months after the attacks in the hangar at JFK Airport where the remains of the Twin Towers were stored. Off-limits to the public, this space contained more than 1,500 objects of all kinds recovered from Ground Zero, thus inadvertently becoming an improvised museum and the most singular space of memory of the tragedy. In his own words, Francesc Torres’ installation is about “historic memory, national memory, memory of social and individual pain and ways of dealing with deep traumas in order to heal.”

Photo of the installation Fragmented Memory: 9/11-NY Artefacts in Hangar 17 © Francesc Torres- VEGAP- 2011

The exhibition is accompanied by a cycle of lectures “11-S. El món deu anys després” (9/11: The World Ten Years On – from 19 September to 2 November) which, in the broadest possible way, offers reflections on the political, social and cultural changes of these ten years with the aim of determining the nature of the legacy the attacks have left us today.

For many people, the heart-rending images of the collapse of the Twin Towers marked the onset of a new stage, as if we had crossed some hitherto unknown boundary and, somehow, nothing would ever be the same again. And it is evident that some things have changed over these ten years: the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have evolved into conflicts that are very difficult to resolve, while also leaving a terrible bequest of victims who, for the most part, have not had the attention they deserve. In the West, other attacks like those in London and Madrid have had their effects on what could really be the main change in the western world: a new and paralysing sense of fragility that has made discourse on security and the terrorist threat a prevailing theme throughout the decade. The CCCB has been closely following these events over the years and has created its own lines of reflection in analysing them and evaluating their consequences: from the rise of an obsession with security and its dangers for democracies and human rights (“Arxipèlag d’excepcions” (Archipelago of Exceptions, 2005), “L’impacte de l’11-S i l’11-M. Una perspectiva comparada” (Comparing the Impacts of September 11, 2001 and March 11, 2004, 2005), “Mentides globals, violències locals” (Global Lies, Local Violence, 2006)); the impact of the attacks on urban life and public space (“Traumes urbans” (Urban Traumas, 2004), “Arquitectures de la por” (Architectures of Fear, 2007), “L’espai públic en el punt de mira” (Targeted Publics, 2008)); through to the difficulties of resuming an East-West dialogue and understanding the present-day reality of Islam and the Muslim world (“Fronteres” (Borders, 2004), “L’Islam europeu” (European Islam, 2005), “Imaginari democràtic i globalització” (The Democratic Imaginary in the Era of Globalisation, 2011)).

We have been developing these ideas through the years with contributions from local and international experts including Fred Halliday, Michael Walzer, Robert Fisk, Judith Butler, Arjun Appadurai, Gema Martín Muñoz, Georges Corm, Naomi Klein, Zygmunt Bauman, Stephen Graham, Tzvetan Todorov, Faisal Devji and Abdelwahab Meddeb, among many others.

Now, ten years on from 11 September 2001, with the West immersed in full-blown economic crisis and the Arab world convulsed with revolts in which people are demanding more democracy and more rights, we are offering a new debate on real and imagined transformations, on the world we believed was coming and that has finally become. The sessions include a discussion on the memory of the attacks, with Francesc Torres, Clifford Chanin, director of education and programming adviser of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, which was recently opened in New York, and Montse Armengou, journalist and authority on historical documentaries. There will also be a book launch, of Diari de guerra. Nova York, tardor 2001 (War Diary: New York, Autumn 2001 – L’Avenç, 2011), in which the professor of Art Fèlix Fanés will describe his experiences in New York in the months following the attacks. Also speaking will be Rafael Argullol, professor of Aesthetic Theory, and Mary Ann Newman, essayist and translator. Finally, there are two exceptional lectures that will inform us about two different realities that were profoundly disrupted following the events of 11 September: Pankaj Mishra, the Indian novelist and essayist will discuss how the attacks changed the relations between East and West and, very particularly, the West’s relations with the Islamic world; and the journalist Barbara Ehrenreich, who is well known for her incisive essays on the socioeconomic and cultural reality of the United States, will close the cycle with some thoughts on the effect of the attacks on American society.

With this lecture cycle we hope to furnish new perspectives to reflections that began ten years ago under the shadow of the unease that has lingered on after the attacks, reflections that we have been building on all this time in order to provide knowledge, horizons and voices that give us a better understanding of our world today.

(Català) Finalistes del projecte “Brangulí va ser aquí. I tu?”

September 13th, 2011 4 Comments

From photoblog to exhibition

July 4th, 2011 1 Comment

With over 2000 photos and the participation of more than 200 photographers, the “Brangulí was here. What about you?” project already represents a broad-based selection of the way contemporary photographers see present-day Barcelona. The initiative came into being as a result of the retrospective exhibition organized by the CCCB about the photographer Josep Brangulí. He documented key historical, political and social changes at the start of the 20th century, such as Tragic Week, labourers’ working conditions and the urbanistic transformation of the city. The mosaic of photographs coming together at shows a Barcelona that, despite the intervening 80 years, reminds us of the Barcelona of Brangulí. The protests of the “indignats”, life in neighbourhoods such as El Raval and the city’s new monumental architecture are themes that Brangulí might have captured with his camera.

On Thursday 30 June, the CCCB and the Barcelona Photobloggers community which is collaborating on the project organized a free guided visit to the exhibition “Brangulí. Barcelona 1909-1945” to explain the work of the photographer from L’Hospitalet. The group of 50 who attended included members of Barcelona Photobloggers, people from the Espai Fotogràfic collective and many amateur photographers who post and share their images on the social networks.

The exhibition coordinator, Susana García, introduced the figure of Brangulí and his way of working: big thematic series. As Susana García explained, Brangulí took photographs by commission, with no artistic aspirations, but his particular way of seeing the events of the time makes his body of work special and unique.

If you were unable to attend and would like to hear Susana García’s presentation, you can listen to it here: ÀUDIO: Introducció a \”Brangulí. Barcelona 1909-1945\” per Susana García (Àudio: Barcelona Photobloggers)

The visit on 30 June at the CCCB was a great initiative because it allowed lots of the people who are making possible on the Net to discover the work on show at the CCCB. From photoblog to exhibition or from virtual to presential, this could be a new way of connecting with publics and making them part of an expository project.

Images of the guided visit with Barcelona Photobloggers. Photos: Fon Simó and Marcelo Aurelio

Others who’ve talked about the guided visit:

Barcelona, then and now

June 14th, 2011 1 Comment

11 September 1931 portrayed by Josep Brangulí and the camp in Plaça Catalunya in 2011, photographed by Marcello Vicidomini.

The aim of the participatory project “Brangulí was here. What about you?” is to find out how present-day photographers see the themes that Brangulí photographed.

Josep Brangulí’s camera focused on the social, political and industrial changes of a specific era, the early 20th century in Barcelona. The 300 photographs and the original printed matter that form part of the exhibition «Brangulí: Barcelona, 1909-1945» document ways of life, forms of political protest, recreation and work of the Barcelona residents of the time.

But what about the Barcelona of today? How do present-day photographers see life in a city that is also going through a change of century? The participatory action “Brangulí was here. What about you?” aims to find answers to these questions. This is a participatory photographic project aimed at professionals and amateurs organized on the website and leading up to an exhibition at the CCCB to present the best images of contemporary Barcelona that take Brangulí as their inspiration.

The work of Brangulí will serve as the departure point for photographers taking part in this initiative. The participants can submit images taken since the year 2000 that correspond to the themes chosen by Brangulí presented in the exhibition: Barcelona by night, political and social events, industrial spaces, work places, emblematic social and commercial premises, museums, beaches, urban remodelling, transport and street life.

We want you to portray present-day Barcelona with your photographs. Grab your camera and capture the city: what’s happening in the street, industrial districts, the new Barcelona born of urban remodelling, today’s night life, new means of transport or emblematic social or business premises.

Everyone who wants to take partmust have a Flickr account and join the group “Brangulí was here”. Once they’ve been viewed by the curators, the images will be posted on the website. Under the heading ‘How to take part?’ you’ll find details about how to upload your photos.

A team of curators will select the ten best photographs, one for each category, which will be shown at the CCCB from 20 September to 23 October 2011. The ten best submissions to “Brangulí was here. What about you?” will be printed in a special format, and the rest of the photographs submitted will be screened during the exhibition.


Pietro Masturzo, photographer: «The media is only interested in the “obsession for live news”»

November 23rd, 2010 2 Comments

Pietro Masturzo is the author of the best photograph of 2009, according to the jury of World Press Photo. He is also a 30-year-old freelance photojournalist from Naples, who managed, with his singular way of capturing reality, to show us what was happening on the rooftops of Teheran in the summer of 2009. Almost two years have passed since the troubled presidential elections in Iran when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was voted in for a second term, despite the protests of the Iranian population.

In this interview, to which Pietro Masturzo replied by email from Yangon (Myanmar), the photographer tells of his experience of those events. Masturzo also talks about photojournalism and how difficult it is for some projects to find a place in a media system that prefers on-the-spot action to taking time out for reflection.

Pietro Mastruzo, portrait by Sasha Krasnov