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Vera y Victoria

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Vera y Victoria
Mar Sáez
André Frère Éditions
French and English

Text by Lara Moreno

 

Softcover
80 pages
165 x 218 mm.
2016
ISBN: 9791092265552

 

Vera confessed to Victoria that she was transexual the day they kissed for the first time. It was in a park. It did not change anything. For the four years that they were together, they loved each other as they had never loved anyone before. The book is a visual diary shot between 2012 and 2016 in which the author Mar Sáez portrayed the intimate universe of Vera and Victoria. A universe in which new facets of a relationship as intense as theirs come to the surface. No better or worse than anyone else.

About the Artist:
Mar Sáez (Murcia, Spain, 1983), a graduate in Psychology and Audiovisual Communication whose work deals with issues of identity, femininity and socio-cultural values. She began her career as a journalist. She combines her work as a freelance photographer with projects involving documentary photography and managing the cultural affairs side of things in Lens Escuela de Artes Visuales. Among other distinctions, she won the 2014 Lux Professional Photography Prize for documentary photography, and was ranked first in the 2013 University of Murcia Photography Prize and the 2013 Creajoven Visual Prize. In recent years, her work has been exhibited in Spain and the United States. She has published in the documentary photography magazine Ojo de Pez (2015).

marsaez.com

About the Publisher:
Founding partner and publisher at Images En Manœuvres Éditions, after winning the Nadar prize in 2011 with Jean Christian Bourcart for Camden, and the historical book prize in 2012 at the Rencontres d’Arles for Les livres de photographie d’Amérique Latine by Horacio Fernandez, André Frère starts his own publishing house in early 2013.

Stem form graphic arts and skilled as art director, André Frère always look after shapes, materials and graphic design in his productions, each book sticks to the photographer’s work, in order to serve it and to show it at best.

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Wannabe

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Wannabe
Elisa González Miralles
La Fabrica
English

 

Softcover, with silicon dustjacket
64 pages
190 x 280 mm.
2017
ISBN: 9788416248858

 

Wannabe is a photographic project about doll-like girls in Japanese culture —about the objectification of these women to serve societal customs that lead to android-like behaviours. It illustrates how people who grow up in a given culture unconsciously feel the need to follow a predetermined role. With this work, Elisa González Miralles aims to question how societal standards —not only in Japan, but elsewhere— constrain human behaviour and the development of identity. Questions that affect us all, especially considering the obsession with self-projection in today’s society.

The idea of Wannabe starts with a trip that the photographer made to Japan in 2002. At that time the author discovered the habit of “replacing” real women with these hyperrealistic dolls. In 2013, she returned to Japan with the idea of ​​doing work on those objects, but she encountered the paradox that women themselves adapted their shapes and even altered their physical appearance to become replicas of those artificial, anatomically and physically perfect products, but lacking in soul.

The photographs that compose the series Wannabe test the sharpness of the viewer being at times more than difficult to differentiate the images of real women from those that correspond to dolls. And to deepen this conflict, Gonzalez Miralles uses a symbolic element: the balloon fish, delicious and exclusive meat, but very dangerous if not prepared properly, because it contains a neurotoxic poison that causes muscle paralysis and death by asphyxiation. This fish represents, she says, “the unconscious of these women, who, doomed to meet social desires are necessary to meet the standard of beauty imposed slogans”.

About the Artist:
Elisa has a Masters in documentary photography from EFTI Madrid (2007). She received a grant from World Press Photo, Asian Europe Foundation and the Philippine Centre of Photo-journalism to take part in the Urban Youth project in Manila (Philippines, 2007), and participated in Darkside II in the Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland, 2009). In 2009, Elisa founded the MADPHOTO academy (Madrid) together with fellow photographers Damián González and Manolo Yllera.

elisagonzalezmiralles.es

About the Publisher:
With the birth of PHotoEspaña festival, in 1998, La Fábrica began to publish great photography books: exhibition catalogues, authors collections and institutional books among others, to become, 20 years later, the Publisher of reference that is today. With more than 600 titles, La Fábrica is present in all markets of the world thanks to its international distribution, with a catalogue that gathers both classics of photography as the most restless and youngest authors on the international scene, also including books of art and literature.

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On Healing Faith

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On Healing Faith
Ana Cuba
Cuadernos Terranova

 

Softcover
24 pages
255×180 mm
2015
ISBN: 978-8-49441-871-6

 

On Healing Faith is a brief project developed by Ana Cuba within the frame of a Master’s Degree in Art Direction from the ECAL in Lausanne. Confined between a quote by a scientist on miracles and another one by an astronomer on science, Ana displays a series of scrupulously selected images that present a wide range of alternative therapies such as chromotherapy, homeopathy, magnotherapy or Reiki. With a vision that delicately balances between respect and irony, aesthetics and discourse, Ana offers the observer an open door to critical positioning, saving for him/her an uncomfortable place in which to decide whether to stay at surface level or immerse him/herself totally in the subject.

Ana Cuba is a young and promising photographer from Zaragoza, Spain.
www.anacuba.com

With its new “Cuadernos” collection, Terranova wants to bring to light a series of minor but nonetheless relevant works. Projects that might be deemed too brief to become books but are too brilliant not to deserve to appear on paper and get rescued from the black hole of periodical publications and on-line contents. Terranova is a small publishing house from Barcelona directed by Luis Cerveró and supervised by designer and art director Ana Domínguez.

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