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MICTLÁN
JOAN FONTCUBERTa


SPECIAL EDITION
MADE BY HAND
100 PRINT RUN
NUMERED AND SIGNED

"Mictlán" is an experimental jewel that crystallizes in an original artist's book, printed in a signed edition and limited to 100 copies. It is presented in an amate case and the body consists of nine sheets, each with a different type of Mexican papers: kraft, mantequilla, revolution, education, bond, estraza, mina gris, among others. The graphic design has been carried out by Ramon Pez, who has surpassed himself in one of his most brilliant achievements". 

Joan Fontcuberta 

In his exploration of photography in connection with values of truth and memory, in recent years Joan Fontcuberta has been developing the Trauma project, a poetic and conceptual journey diving into historical photographic archives. In them Fontcuberta is interested in those images in a traumatic state, sick images due to deterioration caused by moisture, mold or microorganisms. Images that are in the last breath of the representation, reduced to ghostly traces in which the memory fades: broken its link with reality, the visual information is lost and its status as a document vanishes. 

In 2019 Fontcuberta went to a selection of Mexican archives and made more than a thousand shots from rickety glass negatives. In this beautiful, tragic and somber Mexican suite, gleams of the country's history still appear: the Revolution, dramatic milestones, public figures, social and family life ... The set of these graphic registers covers from portraits of Francisco Villa and Emiliano Zapata and executions to weddings and baptisms and identity photos, from folklore and traditions to the landscape and monumental heritage. Thus, it confronts us with a mosaic of situations and genres, from the family album to photojournalism, from scientific to pornographic photography, which accounts for the texture of social and historical narratives, but which, on the other hand, allows metaphorically extrapolating the ancestral Mictlán cosmology. 

Through nine notebooks, the nine stages of the underworld that the deceased had to go through in order to pass each of the specific tests and continue advancing until reaching eternal rest are evoked. In this journey, the body fleshes out until the soul is completely liberated, in a process that suggests the progressive dematerialization of the photograph itself.

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JOAN FONTCUBERTA

Joan Fontcuberta (Barcelona, 1955) es artista, ensayista, docente y comisario de exposiciones. Su trabajo de creación se ocupa de los conflictos entre naturaleza, tecnología, fotografía y verdad, y ha sido objeto durante cuatro décadas de numerosas muestras personales y publicaciones monográficas. Destacan las realizadas en instituciones como el MoMA, de Nueva York (1988); el Musée Cantini, de Marsella (1990); el Art Institute, de Chicago (1990); el IVAM, de Valencia (1992); el MNAC, de Barcelona (1999); el MUA, de Alicante (2001); el Palazzo delle Esposizioni, de Roma (2001); o ARTIUM de Vitoria (2003). 

Entre las exposiciones personales más recientes se cuentan el Hasselblad Center, de Gotemburgo (2013); Maison Européenne de la Photographie, de París (2014); Science Museum, de Londres (2014); Cosmocaixa, de Barcelona (2015); Museum Angewandte Kunst de Frankfurt (2015); Canal de Isabel II de Madrid (2015); Museo de la Universidad de Navarra, de Pamplona (2016); DA2, de Salamanca (2016); Galeria Àngels Barcelona (2016); Museo de Arte del Banco de la República, de Bogotá (2016); Palazzo Boncompagni / Bienal Fotografia e Industria, Fundazioni Mast, de Bologna (2017) .Obras suyas se encuentran en colecciones como las del MoMA (NY), Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), San Francisco MoMA, National Gallery of Art (Ottawa), Folkwang Museum (Essen), Musée National d’Art Contemporain – Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), MEP (Paris), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), MACBA (Barcelona) y MNCARS (Madrid). 

Como docente ha sido profesor invitado en diferentes instituciones internacionales como la Universidad de Harvard y Le Fresnoy. Centre National des Arts Contemporains, en Francia. Ha publicado varios libros de temáticas relacionadas con la historia, la estética y la pedagogía de la fotografía: destacan El beso de Judas. Fotografía y Verdad (Ed. Gustavo Gili, Barcelona, 1997); La cámara de Pandora. La fotografí@ después de la fotografía (Ed. Gustavo Gili, Barcelona, 2010); y La furia de las imágenes. Nota sobre la postfotografía (Galaxia Gutemberg, Barcelona, 2016) –que será publicado por Einaudi.Ha sido el director artístico de bienales como los Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles (el más importante festival fotográfico en el mundo) y del Mois de la Photographie en Montreal.En 2013 Joan Fontcuberta ha sido galardonado con el premio internacional de la Fundación Hasselblad. En España ha recibido el Premio Nacional de Fotografía (1998) y el Premio Nacional de Ensayo (2011). En 2012 recibió el Premio Nacional de Cultura Artes Visuales del gobierno catalán, en el 2015 el Premio de Cultura (Fotografía) de la Comunidad de Madrid, y en 2016 el Premio Ciudad de Barcelona en Humanidades. 

MICTLÁN

MICTLÁN

Photobook made by handPrinted in 8 different papers 
Presented in a hand made case with Amate paper 
Special edition of 100 numbered and signed 
Delivery time 2-3 weeks 
The price of the book will increase as the edition sells.