The COVID-19 crisis has altered the cultural context throughout the world, and FotoLimo has been no stranger to this situation. Despite the uncertainty, we have decided to go ahead, adapting the festival to a new format. FotoLimo XS presents a program of exhibitions, activities and talks on the concept of borders, with a special attention to participatory processes and the current context.
Exhibitions and projections
A selection of #pandeMY’s files in both an exhibition and an audiovisual format. A collaborative project that brings together different cultural expressions about the moment of social and historical change that we are experiencing due to the current health crisis. Through the collection of international testimonies, we aim to make the citizens’ voices present in the reconstruction process that we are already addressing.
Ínsula is a playful and constructive exploration of Portbou’s territory created during the first workshop of #LabPortbou, in January 2020. A collective invitation to walk and to be carried away, which proposes an unconscious reading of the traversed space by making use of the situationist drift, thus generating an invisible geography based on the memories and emotions of such a singular territory.
In collaboration with the Walter Benjamin Summer School
Drawing from his archives on the latest emerging social movements in France in 2018 and in Algeria in 2019, Lahcène Abib offers us in “Failles” (Cracks) a powerful and rich testimony of the events, sending us, at the same time, a vibrant tribute of empathy towards their different protagonists.
Roboteca is a participatory photography workshop based on the topic of «identikit portrait». It is dedicated to the displaced, migrant and refugee populations, but also to the host communities. Turning this method of facial recomposition, Roboteca becomes a tool of expression, complaint, and also promotes social cohesion and stability as it gives psychological support to all participants. Working from self-portraits taken in a studio photography workshop, participants assemble pieces of faces to create new ones and give them a voice. In the corner of the eyes, or around the lips, the scars of these faces are witnesses of the path of exile.
Tests of things that will happen
This project talks about the virtual, the dystopian setting, the photographic multiplicity, safe spaces, unsafe spaces, time, body, movement, corners, family, monsters, inhabiting new, old, own and foreign worlds… What started as an attempt to capture the border as a concept, ended up being an excuse for a meeting which was as digital as sweet, to seek refuge in photography, to put the process at the center: shared creation as a way of resistance.
Séverine Sajous & Anna Surinyach
A film about people on the move from the African continent to Europe. With a first person narrative and using videos and selfies, Alhassane, Aminata, Mamadou, Mariam and Yahya tell their journeys and their goal of making “boza”. A word of disputed origin but with a precise meaning, “boza” is used by those trying to cross this particular border to describe the goal, and the act of successfully crossing. The film #boza removes all filters, becoming a collective selfie on migration.
Rachid Ouettassi and Philippe Fourcadier
In Tangier, the idea of confinement seemed, as for many, unbearable. Across the Mediterranean, the amazement was the same for him too. The two have known each other for a long time. So they decide to entrust their torments to photography. By photographic correspondence. One photograph per day that will travel one way. Then back. Then reunited. During the official time of confinement. The wait.
Talks and activities
COVID Photo Diaries
Covid Photo Diaries is a project created by eight Spanish photojournalists that documents the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in different parts of Spain. This project was born with the vocation of becoming the interactive map of one of the most important events that we have experienced in recent decades. To the undoubted relevance of documenting the day-to-day life of this health alert and its consequences for the population, the enormous value that this visual, plural and broad testimony will have when everything is over is added. It will be the memory of what happened to us these days.
The inhabited border
Irma Estrada, Sebastià Masramon, Jordi Lafon and aladeriva
The inhabited border is the starting point from which we wander in order to enter into the creative process of “Insula”, a collective visual document focused on narrating the imaginary of Portbou’s territory through walking and the artistic and social practice, in a playful and relational way, thus turning the territory into an experiential place that allows us to explore and to produce non-conventional cartographies.
Round table in collaboration with the Walter Benjamin Summer School
Play and create with photography
An activity for all audiences where each participant can take their own photographs and develop them through a traditional, analog and very fun technique.
At the borders of photography
The systematic exploration of borders has recently manifested itself through four schools of research: povera photography, experimental photography, tangible images and documentary fictions, whose works can be found in the small Salon Approche in Paris. Many contemporary creators approach them through diverse aesthetics and practices which also include new technologies in order to get a better focus of our everyday world on all kinds of mutations.
Round table in collaboration with the Walter Benjamin Summer School
Walter Benjamin Summer School
One more time, within the framework of the V Walter Benjamin Summer School, FotoLimo and Passatges Cultura Contemporània join forces to offer exhibitions, talks and joint activities on the figure of Walter Benjamin and his thinking on photography and the concept of border. These days are a meeting point to reflect on the figure, work and thought of the German philosopher in the town where his life ended abruptly after crossing the Pyrenees on foot on the border between France and Catalonia.
#pandeMY – Future under construction
#pandeMY – Future under construction is a digital platform that brings together different cultural and artistic expressions about the unique social and historical changes that we are experiencing due to the current health crisis. By collecting international testimonies through different techniques (photography, illustration, video, music, text…), we aim to make the citizens’ voices present in the reconstruction process that we are already addressing. #pandeMY – Future under construction is promoted by the Vórtice Photo Documentary Agency, the PhotOn Festival and Clavoardiendo Magazine, in collaboration with other platforms and cultural projects.
Agata Skupniewicz is the winner of the LandLimo 2020 residency. LandLimo is a research program aimed at creators, researchers and cultural producers around contemporary image, photography and post-photography studies. A project linked to the Planas Archive through themes such as memory, heritage, history and borders. The LandLimo program is developed in collaboration with the Centro Cultural i de Creació Casa Planas and RUIDO Photo, and with the support of Eurorégion Pyrénées Méditerranée.