CORRESPONDENCE 2019 | Body and Visual Representation
Barbara Kruger, Your body is a battleground, 1989.

CORRESPONDENCE 2019 | Body and Visual Representation

The Correspondence cycle returns in its 4th edition, with Remedios Zafra and María Ruido

ONLINE ACTIVITY | Bilingual Cycle in Spanish and English

• In this new release we will have the participation of Remedios Zafra, Anagrama Essay Award for El entusiasmo. Precariedad y trabajo creativo en la era digital, and the visual artist, researcher and teacher, María Ruido, who is currently exhibiting Profundidad de campo in Matadero Madrid.

• This online program has the collaboration of the Banco Sabadell Foundation.

Foto Colectania starts the fourth edition of Correspondence, an online program that wants to reflect on the importance of photography in contemporary visual culture without losing historical perspective and its original contexts of creation and dissemination.

Correspondence in previous editions have included the participation of relevant names such as Georges Didi-Huberman, Marta Gili, Valentín Roma, David Campany, Abigail Solomon-Godeau, and Joan Fontcuberta. See all the contributors here.

The dialogues last approximately two months, during which two experts in the field develop a conversation via letter in digital format and which can be consulted on the web Unlike a face-to-face activity, the chosen format of these conversations wants to refer us to the old correspondence, where there was a lapse of time between when a letter was received and answered. In this way, this program wants to claim the "slow reflection" in an era marked by the "here and now".

The new delivery of Correspondence in 2019 is divided into two thematic blocks that allow us to make a resonance with the exhibition program of the year. Coinciding with Laia Abril's exhibition "On Abortion", the dialogue of Remedios Zafra and María Ruido will revolve around the idea of ​​the body and visual representation.

The second entry of the year will revolve around the idea of ​​the counterculture, and will coincide with our exhibition dedicated to "La Movida", inaugurated at Les Rencontres d'Arles in July and which will arrive in Barcelona in mid-October.

Remedios Zafra and María Ruido
In the first installment of Correspondence Remedios Zafra and María Ruido will talk about the idea of ​​body and image, in an era of overabundance of images and in many cases of exhibition in networks and the internet. In his first letter, which is published on April 25, Remedios states:

"In this correspondence that we initiate we are invited to dialogue about 'body and visual representation, a link that is not only present in our work, but could be a corollary of our relationship" without bodies "and usually mediated by screens".

Remedios Zafra (Zuheros, 1973) Writer and theorist specialized in the critical study of contemporary culture, visual studies and the politics on identity in networks. Professor of art, gender studies and digital culture at the University of Seville and professor of anthropology at Uned. Her extensive essay work has won numerous awards such as the Anagrama Essay Award and the Critical State Prize for El Entusiasmo. Precariedad y trabajo creativo en la era digital (2017, 2018), Málaga Prize for Essay and Public of the Arts for (h)adas. Mujeres que crean, programan, prosumen, teclean, (2013), Caja Madrid 2004 Essay Award for the work Netianas. N(h)acer mujer en internet, Research Award of the Leonor de Guzmán 2001 and Carmen de Burgos 2000 National Essay Prize. Among her most recent work, the books Ojos y capital (Consonni, 2015, 2018) Los que miran (Fórcola, 2016) Un cuarto propio conectado (2010, 2019). Zafra has a degree in Political Philosophy, a PhD in Art, a degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology and Fine Arts and a master’s degree in Creativity. She is a member of the Etopia Patronages and of the Royal Academy of Spain in Rome.

María Ruido is a filmmaker, visual artist, researcher and teacher. She lives in Madrid and Barcelona, ​​where she works as a professor in the Department of Visual Arts and Design of the University of Barcelona and is a member of several research groups around representation and their contextual relationships. Since 1998, María Ruido has been developing interdisciplinary projects on the social construction of the body and identity, the imaginaries of work in post-Fordist capitalism, and on the construction of memory and its relationships with the narrative forms of history, and more recently she works around the new forms of decolonial imaginaries and their emancipatory possibilities. Her productions include the documentary essays La memoria interior (2002), Tiempo real (2003), Ficciones anfibias (2005), Plan Rosebud (2008), ElectroClass (2011), Le rêve est fini (2014), L'oeil impératif ( 2015), Mater Amatísima (2017). Se has received, among others, the Generation Award 2003 (Audiovisual Category) or the Best International Feature Documentary Award at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival 2009, and her visual essays are in the Permanent Collections of MNCARS, MACBA, CA2M, CGAC , the Archi OVNI or the CajaMadrid Foundation. Since the beginning of 2000, she has participated in many state and international exhibition projects, as well as in vine and video festivals, circulating his works between both institutions, the artistic and the cinematographic.

The Correspondence program has the main collaboration of the Banco Sabadell Foundation.