The Foundation

Foto Colectania is a non-profit organisation, founded in Barcelona in 2002, with the aim of disseminating photography and introducing it within the social, artistic and educational field in our country.

The programs undertaken at the Foundation, from exhibitions to activities and publications, are based on the creation of an innovative, participatory and inclusive project focused on thought around image and its basic foundations, enhancing its communicative capacity and its suitability to generate critical thinking.

Foto Colectania especially works at two different levels: on the one hand, within the context of the city of Barcelona, presenting a high quality cultural offer focused on excellence; and on the other hand, within the international context, producing and disseminating projects by Catalan and Spanish artists abroad.

The Foundation has also a Library specialized in Photography and a collection of photographs that holds more than 3,000 works by Catalan, Spanish and Portuguese photographers; besides, the collection includes the archive of the Spanish photographer Francisco Gómez, donated by his family in 2001, as well as the archives of several private collectors.

Foto Colectania has a wide range of audiences and its activity has been awarded in several occasions with some prizes, such as the ARCO prize for the Best National Initiative of Private Collecting, an award granted by ARCO’s Association of Friends, and awarded to Mario Rotllant, the Foundation’s President (2006); the prize for the Best Programming awarded by the Catalan Association of Art Critics (ACCA), in recognition of the Foundation’s task of disseminating Photography collecting and of its programming, consistent with the Foundation’s main objectives (2007); the Bartolomé Ros Prize, awarded in the framework of the PhotoEspaña Festival in Madrid, for the Foundation’s career in Photography (2012); and the Trends prize of "El Mundo" for the consolidated cultural industry (2013).

© Photographs, their authors: Helena Almeida | Joan Colom, VEGAP | Humberto Rivas, VEGAP | Manel Armengol, VEGAP | Francisco Gómez, Foto Colectania | Manel Armengol, VEGAP | José Mguel de Miguel | Chema Madoz, VEGAP

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