Fotografies com a espai públic

Photographs as a public space

National Colecction of Photography. Generalitat de Catalunya
Exhibition 09.11.2017 - 28.01.2018

Level 1


Extended until 28.01.2018

The exhibition Fotografies com espai públic (Photographs as a public space) has two fundamental objectives. Firstly, it presents pieces that have become part of the Col·lecció Nacional de Fotografia de la Generalitat de Catalunya (National Photography Collection of the Government of Catalonia) over the past three years and that are currently preserved in several institutions: MNAC, MACBA, the Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona (Photographic Archive of Barcelona) and the Arxiu Nacional de Catalunya (National Archive of Catalonia). On the other hand, it invites us to reflect on the experience that photography puts into play as a set of practices and languages that constitute a space in which everyone engages in different ways.

The Col·lecció Nacional de Fotografia was created in 2014 on the initiative of the Pla Nacional de Fotografia (National Photography Plan) with the goal of ensuring that the most important signature photographic expressions in Catalonia are displayed, protected and appreciated. During 2015, 2016 and 2017 a total of 881 pieces by 45 artists have been acquired, of which the exhibition Fotografies com espai públic features photography and other projects carried out by 19 artists, dating as far back as 1959 (including several photographs by Francisco Ontañón) up until 2013 (Werker Collective, Aleix Plademunt, Jordi Guillumet-Mònica Roselló and Tanit Plana-Laia Ramos).

The historical transversality of the acquisitions of the Col·lecció Nacional de Fotografia de Catalunya puts us face to face with photographs from a diverse range of periods and purposes, demonstrating the richness and importance of the questions posed by the medium’s properties. At the same time, this diversity constitutes an excellent opportunity to approach the ideas that inspired the photographic projects that make up this collection as well as those we consider to belong under the general heading of photography as an art form.

Using a sequence that clearly underlines the contrast of methods and approaches, the exhibition aims to emphasise this diversity of photographic culture, highlighting the extent to which its principal narratives affect not only the authors’ practices or creative processes, but also how they regulate and condition our experience as viewers. To learn to appreciate this diversity of ideas, approaches and practices will allow us to realise how and to what extent the medium’s most generic discourses modulate how photography can affect us and how we take part in its constant attribution of new meaning.


When the exhibition finishes at the Arts Santa Mònica, this will make roaming to Bolit Centre d'Art Contemporani, Girona (09.02.2018).


Interviews to the artists:

Xavier Ribas:
Werker Collective:
Manel Úbeda:
Tanit Plana:
Pilar Aymerich:

Daniela Ortiz:
Anna Malagrida:
Mabel Palacín:
Martí Llorens:
Joana Biarnés:
Jordi Guillumet i Mònica Roselló:
Joan Fontcuberta:

Ferran Freixa:
Manel Armengol:
Aleix Plademunt:


Curator: Marta Dahó

Design of the exhibition: Xavi Torrent

Graphic Design: Bicoté

Production: Fusteria Serramitja 

Assembly: GAMI SCP

Graphic production: Gràfics Pou

Organisation: Arts Santa Mònica-Departament de Cultura




Anna Malagrida; Aleix Plademunt; Daniela Ortiz; Ferran Freixa; Francisco Ontañón; Joan Fontcuberta; Joana Biarnés; Jordi Guillumet - Mònica Roselló; Mabel Palacín; Manel Armengol; Manel Úbeda; Marc Roig Blesa - Rogier Delfos (Werker Collective); Martí Llorens; Pilar Aymerich; M. Tanit Plana - Laia Ramos; Xavier Ribas.