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Saturday September 9 from de 4 to 8 PM

Mariela Sancari

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When? Saturday September 9 from de 4 to 8 PM

Where? Disseny Hub Barcelona

Price 45 €

Maximum capacity 20 people


In photobooks, concept and materiality go hand in hand. Since the book is an object, flipping through its pages creates a particular experience for the readers. Each decision in relation to printing techniques, binding method, types of paper, format, size, weight, typography, among others, will profoundly impact not only the visual identity of the project, but also the way in which the book will be perceived by the readers. readers.

In this theoretical workshop we will review a wide variety of publications present in the Photobook Market of Art Photo Bcn, focusing on how concept and materiality are linked. The intention is to take a critical look at this form of editorial production and analyze the different ways in which images –and texts– can be read in the book, depending on how they are presented on its pages, that is, taking into account the implications narratives of the different forms of materializing.

Points to discuss:

Book as system. Book as object. Book as experience.

We will propose a possible definition of the photobook as a system, as an object and as an experience, which is activated from its materiality. A journey through the parts and processes that compose it.

Conceptualization of a photobook. What experience can generate a book?

Through the review of a wide variety of case studies, we will analyze how the concept of the photobook is linked to the reading experience.

Edition, sequence and materiality.

To explore the narrative implications of the decisions made in relation to editing, sequence and materiality in the analyzed photobooks. Different materials, different senses.

Aimed at visual artists, photographers, publishers, bookbinders and the general public interested in the photobook as a medium.

    Mariela Sancari was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1976. She lives and works in Mexico City since 1997. Self-taught artist who reclaims practice and thought outside the hegemonic circuits of validation and training.

    Her work revolves around truthfulness and fiction in images, using personal narratives to explore the boundaries of the scope of photography as a means of representation. It refers to the affective dimension, yet not sentimental, of autobiographical work, as well as formal explorations of the medium, through questions related to staging and self-referentiality in photographic practice.

    She has received numerous awards for her work: selected by curator Susan Bright to be included in the 2015 Ones to Watch issue of BJP Magazine, she was also named one of the Discoveries of the Meeting Place of FotoFest 2014 Biennal. Winner of the VI Bienal Nacional de Artes Visuales Yucatan 2013 and PHotoEspaña Descubrimientos Prize 2014, her work was selected for the XVI Bienal de Fotografía from Centro de la Imagen and received an Honorable Mention in XI Bienal Monterrey FEMSA. She received an Honorable Mention in the Official Selection Artemergente National Monterrey Biennale 2012.

    Her first book Moisés (La Fábrica) was selected by several curators and reviewers, such as Sean O’Hagan, Tim Clark, Erik Kessels, Jörg Colberg, Larissa Leclair, Yumi Goto and Colin Pantall, among others, as one of the Best Photobooks published in 2015.

    In 2017, she published her second book in collaboration with writer Adolfo Córdova: Mr. & Dr. (This book is true) a photobook aimed for children and youngsters that explores the notion of the unknown through images and text.

    In 2011 she was selected to participate in Contemporary Photography Seminar at Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City and in Diplomado de Artes Visuales CASA in 2014.

    She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Buenos Aires, Guatemala City, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Sao Paulo, Athens, Barcelona, Belfast, Bratislava, Busan, Houston, Jaipur, Londres, Los Angeles, Madrid, among others.

    Her work is part of the Instituto de Cultura de Yucatán Collection in Mexico, Centro de Artes Alcobendas Collection in Spain, the Joaquim Paiva Collection in Rio de Janeiro, Fundación Televisa and Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City and other private collections.

    Fellow of Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte FONCA, 2015-2018 and 2020-2023, works as a freelance photographer. She is represented in Mexico by Patricia Conde Galeria.

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