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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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From a Pixel a Poem

Joan Brossa always quoted the principle of his much-admired Fregoli: ’art is life and life is transformation.’ Cloe Masotta takes this premise out into the streets, knowing that at any moment she may encounter an object, a text, a shadow or a colour that attracts her and that she can seize with her cell phone. Once framed, reality is transformed and introduces a poetic twist. Nothing is what it appears to be.

This exhibition is part of the Epicentre Brossa programming.

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