New live conversation with the photographers of our collection. The next will be Thursday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m. with CARLOS SPOTTORNO, who will have a dialogue with Pepe Font de Mora, director of Foto Colectania on our Instagram channel.
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ABOUT CARLOS SPOTTORNO
Carlos Spottorno has focused his main personal projects on topics related to the changes of power, the economy and social issues that shape the real world.
Carlos was born in Budapest and grew up in Rome, Madrid and Paris. He graduated in painting and printmaking from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma and spent a few years in the world of advertising as an art director. His photographic career began in 2001 and since then he has produced numerous projects, both personal and commercial, as a photographer and filmmaker. He has published in national and international media such as El País Semanal, National Geographic Spain, Marie Claire France or OjodePez.
He has received numerous awards, including the World Press Photo (2003) and another later in the documentary short category (2015), the Yonhap International Press Photo Award (2011) and the American Photography 24, 26, 27 and 30. He was a finalist from the Visa d'Or in 2008, the European Editors' Prize in 2009 and 2013, and the RM Photobook Prize in 2012. His book THE PIGS, won in 2013 the Kassel Photobook Award. He was nominated for the Magnum Emergency Fund Foundation in 2014 and was awarded the Lacritique.org Prize at the Voies Off festival in Arles.
“Xinjiang, the westernmost chinese province. It borders with Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikstan, Kirgizstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Autoctonous uighurs are musmlim, have turkish origins, and claim independence for what they call East Turkestan from the chinese, whom they consider an occupying colonial power. Xinjiang is very rich in oil and gas, and it's the chinese natural way towards Caspian oil reservoirs. China is tightening commercial and political ties with several countries in Central Asia in order to open new commercial land routes to the Caucasus and, eventually, Europe. This project tries to give a broad vision of a complex and poorly known situation that may evolve in ways that could potentially affect the rest opf the world. All the photos were shot in December 2006, 2007 and 2008. La Fabrica published this book in 2010.”
The financial and economic press coined the term PIGS to refer to Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain, in relation to their economic difficulties. There is a contrast between the pigs' perception of themselves, fueled by the idealization of their own past and the poor solidity of their current structures. The pigs see themselves as the founders, the mother cells of the very idea of Europe.
They cannot perceive themselves as countries without specific weight in the global political game. People live on the fringes of the political class, from which they no longer expect anything and seek their well-being from an individual perspective. This is a collection of stereotypes that are as true as they are incomplete. Just as a tourist guide carefully hides everything that is not attractive, this report collects much of what is embarrassing. What finally makes us more present, however, is the absence in this publication of everything that still survives as positive, beautiful and hopeful.
"I have tried to illustrate the stereotypes posed by the term" PIGS "coined by the financial press to refer to Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain. A collection of cliches, both true and incomplete. In the same way that a travel guide avoids anything that seems unattractive, this book shows a lot of what we consider shameful, often correct and sometimes unfair".
“Private banks are masters of euphemism. They communicate in a limpid, sophisticated, professional language, both written and visual, which invites the wealthy to join them and enjoy the ecstasies of accumulation. This book (and series) is about the ultra-rich, their agents and their greatest luxury: being invisible, inaccessible, and therefore invulnerable.”