Based on True Stories. Foto Colectania Collection
Sin título, 1985 © Chema Madoz / Vegap

Based on True Stories. Foto Colectania Collection

Exhibition curated by Irene de Mendoza

The exhibition offers a new look at the Foto Colectania's collection showing the stories behind the photographs.

More than a hundred photographs by great authors such as Helena Almeida, Juan Manuel Castro Pietro, Joan Fontcuberta, Cristina García Rodero, Chema Madoz, Cristina de Middel, Isabel Muñoz, Ramón Masats and Gervasio Sánchez are exhibited.

Through their mobile device, the visitors are able to connect the exhibited photographs with more images and resources on the Collection's website.

Bambuit, 2011 © Cristina De Middel / Magnum Photos / Contacto
Bambuit, 2011 © Cristina De Middel / Magnum Photos / Contacto

Based on True Stories offers a new look at Foto Colectania's collection. The exhibition takes as its starting point with the stories behind the photographs, those that are often not explained and that on this occasion take more prominence to show the viewer an intention that often goes unnoticed. The selected images, accompanied by new contextualizations and, sometimes, the author's own testimony, aim to give new meanings and greater depth to the photographs.

"It is always difficult to make an exhibition of one's own funds, and especially in our case, in which the collection is made up of more than 3,000 photographs," says Irene de Mendoza, artistic director of Foto Colectania and curator of the exhibition. And she adds: “For this exhibition, we have chosen to organize it in a way that it invites the viewer to discover new stories, whether of images they know or photographs they see for the first time, and to complete them with other photographs that they will find on our website. The proposal is an invitation to look again, to delve into the images and discover new stories that are not usually the ones that appear in photography history books”.

Composed of more than a hundred photographs, the images gathered in the exhibition Based on True Stories are organized in a journey that runs through four open thematic areas. In the first, titled "Personal Album", we find a series of photographs that show us the most intimate look of the authors to their closest environments and personal experiences.

The next section, "The Other Story of Photographs", is the heart of the show. Here we find some of the icons of photography in our country along with lesser-known works that, thanks to the texts that complement them, the situations, characters and places portrayed can add new meanings for the viewer.

In the third area of ​​the exhibition, the "real landscapes" are contrasted with the "imagined landscapes", and the limits of what is real and what is imagined, are consciously blurred.

In the last section of the exhibition, entitled "Constructed Stories", the selected photographs share various processes of intervention by their authors: either by placing themselves as the subject of the composition, by building still lifes, manipulating and experimenting with the double exhibition or recreating stories.

For this exhibition, the visitor, through a QR code and his mobile device, will be able to connect the exhibited photographs with new images and resources that are in the web page of the collection. This platform will grow over the coming months, in which more content related to the photographs, series and authors of the collection will be incorporated, with the aim of becoming a fundamental resource of contemporary photography in our country.

Authors present in the exhibition:
Helena Almeida, Manel Armengol, Pilar Aymerich, Catarina Botelho, Javier Campano, Carlos Cánovas, Vari Caramés, Gérard Castello-Lopes, Juan Manuel Castro Prieto, Toni Catany, Colita, Joan Colom, Gabriel Cualladó, Cristina de Middel, Jean Marie del Moral, Jordi Esteva, Manuel Ferrol, Joan Fontcuberta, Ferran Freixa, Alberto García-Alix, Cristina García Rodero, Francisco Gómez, Inês Gonçalves, Fernando Gordillo, Roger Guaus, Jorge Guerra, José Guerrero, Cristóbal Hara, Juande Jarillo, Manolo Laguillo, Fernando Lemos, Chema Madoz, Ramón Masats, Xavier Miserachs, Jorge Molder, Nicolas Muller, Isabel Muñoz, Rafael Navarro, Paulo Nozolino, Francisco Ontañón, César Ordoñez, Carlos Pérez Siquier, Aleix Plademunt, Leopoldo Pomés, Jorge Ribalta, Xavier Ribas, Humberto Rivas, Jorge Rueda, Txema Salvans, Gervasio Sánchez, Rafael Sanz Lobato, Luiz Simoes, Ton Sirera, Ricard Terré, Miguel Trillo, Juan Diego Valera, Virxilio Viéitez and Luis Vioque.

Exhibition curated by Irene de Mendoza with the complicity of the authors of Foto Colectania's Collection.

Fundación Banco Sabadell is the main collaborator of Foto Colectania and participates in the exhibition "Based on True Stories"