Photography in the Foyer

Nora Baylach
Foyer of the Fundació Miró
Curated by
Martina Millà

Bimbo is an exhibition of photographs in the lobby of the Fundació Miró, which accompanies the temporary exhibition Paul Klee and the Secrets of Nature. It takes the passion for cats shared by the dancer and photographer Nora Baylach (Granollers, 1994) and the Swiss-German artist Paul Klee (1879-1940) as the starting point.

This fascination is connected with the admiration that Klee felt for felines as animals that are not bound by the same gravitational limitations as humans. In a similar way, the body of a dancer can attain some of the motor qualities of cats, which are beyond the capabilities of most people.

The title of the exhibition refers to Bimbo, one of the many cats that Klee kept as pets throughout his life, and which he photographed with true devotion. Nora Baylach studied these photos and drew inspiration from them to carry out a photo session - on the streets - dedicated to just one cat: an anonymous cat with a white coat and different coloured eyes.

For this new multiple portrait of this new Bimbo, Baylach decided to return to analogue technology, fully aware of the fact that rolls of film are nearly impossible to find and cannot be squandered. That meant working out how best to use the available film and deciding when to take the best possible shot after spending a long time waiting; a wait that allowed her to study the animal's gestures carefully, to approach it and to get to know it as if it were a model being photographed naturally. The result is a sequence of 18 images, 18 moments, some of which are very reminiscent of the many drawings Klee did of his cats.

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