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Views

Between 2006 and 2009, the years leading up to the global financial crisis, Juande Jarillo (Granada, 1969) spent his free time seeking out moments of people gathering together or crossing paths in Barcelona. Jarillo set up his camera in different locations in the city centre, sometimes riding the tourist bus, and waiting for the precise moment when a conjunction of forms, an interplay of gazes and reflections, or a composition of figures or of urban artefacts would unfold. His aim was to capture the almost invisible textures, light and vectors that cross the urban landscape at a given moment.

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Broken Games

The exhibition Broken Games is a selection of 13 photographs by different authors: some were taken by Joaquim Gomis’ father, others by Joaquim Gomis (1902-1991) himself, and one by Gomis’ wife, Odette Cherbonnier. What prompted this exhibition was a desire to present materials from the family albums in the Gomis Archive held at the National Archive of Catalonia, which evoke summertime joie de vivre as well as fun vacation and leisure time.

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Some Direction

In this selection of photographs-most of which convey low temperatures, were taken at dusk or at times of low luminosity-, we find elements that can both open or close a space or dissolve its boundaries and contours. Mayoral photographs places that might seem hostile, places where time has been suspended, a time that does not seem to exist and that the locations do not allow to situate or signify.

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<p>Fons Joaquim Gomis, dipositat a l'Arxiu Nacional de Catalunya - © Hereus de Joaquim Gomis. Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona</p>

1946-1947 Barcelona – Mont-roig – Karachi

This selection of photographs by Joaquim Gomis captures a historic and personal moment of suspended time and a sense of emptiness, of collective post-traumatic shock, of phantoms and absences, of dejection and very slow reconstruction. Meanwhile, in other parts of the world, new collective confrontations were erupting which were often the result of the dismantling of European ’empires’ and the beginning of the Cold War. Coinciding with the solo exhibition of Nalini Malani (born in Karachi, Undivided India, in 1946) at Fundació Joan Miró, we delved into Gomis’ archive to find photographs from those two years that would convey the prevailing mood in Catalonia right at the moment when what was known as British India was declaring its independence. A declaration that came with a territorial partition that brought about a wave of sectarian violence that, like in Spain, left a legacy that still needs reckoning and reconciliation.

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Cunningham, Cage & Tudor (Sitges, 1966)

Thanks to Joan Miró’s generosity, Barcelona’s Club 49 invited the Merce Cunningham Dance Company to perform in Sitges in 1966. Joaquim Gomis, who was one of the club members, was able to photograph the American troupe, which included John Cage and David Tudor, at the famed La Ricarda residence during a break, as well as at a rehearsal prior to their perfomance.

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Look to Learn How to Live

Esperanza Urdeix is an Alexander Technique teacher who applies her practice to photography. According to this technique, we have to give ourselves time to make decisions. For Urdeix, observing everything that surrounds her in her daily life allows her to stop and gain awareness of how she herself feels during a convalescence.

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La Ricarda: Two Views

Photographs by Joaquim Gomis and Magels Landet. Joaquim Gomis photographed La Ricarda while it was being built. Decades later, the sculptor Magels Landet captured details from the house when it was no longer inhabited and had become a legend of architectural and cultural modernity from the Barcelona of the 1960s.

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