II Festival Internacional de Fotografía de Castilla y León. FIFCYL – 26.04.22 – 29.05.22 PALENCIA

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II International Photography Festival of Castilla y León

The image of certain cities is sometimes associated with a symbol, an activity or a monument. This image can also be configured and constructed in the same way that history is constructed, that is to say, by strata and sedimentation of time, with rigour and constancy. Through recurrence, repetition and rigour: this is how tradition is created.

In 2021, we celebrate the first edition of the International Photography Festival of Castilla y León in Palencia under the sign of confluence, a characteristic of this city due to its history and geography. This second edition of the Festival (from 26 April to 29 May 2022), in a spirit of continuity, is based on this same slogan, this same idea of encounter, confluence, resonance and concreteness between historical and contemporary photography, the still image and the moving image, the unique and the multiple. In short, the dissolution of the specific. Palencia celebrates the image and becomes a place of passage where those who have made history and those who will continue to write it meet, a space for dialogue that stages resonances, crossings and disappearances that inevitably traverse photography as a condition for its renewal.

We venture into new worlds, forgotten or unexplored territories, such as the archives of Marianne Yampolsky (Chicago 1925 – Mexico City 2002), an American photographer who settled in Mexico and embarked on a formalist path, probably influenced by the great Mexican artists of the early 20th century, with whom she worked closely. Roger Ballen (New York, 1950) and Jacques Sonck (Ghent, 1949) will also talk to us about the strangeness of humanity, hidden or exposed. Likewise, the young emerging generation, represented by Andrea Torres Balaguer (Barcelona, 1990), RJ Kern (New York, 1978) or the young students of the National School of Photography of Arles, which this year celebrates its 40th anniversary, will be in dialogue in the open air with great masters of the History of Photography such as Robert Doisneau, Sabine Weiss, recently deceased, or Vivian Maier through a series of unpublished images.

The links between the exhibitions presented are manifold. It is up to the visitor to weave them together by contemplating these juxtapositions, their echoes, their stories, their secrets.

 

Anne Morin

Curator of the International Photography Festival of Castilla y León

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