fotoesp1PHotoEspaña, International Festival of Photography and Visual Arts, set out to become a Festival generated by popular demand in 1998, and today it has earned its place as one of the most relevant visual arts events in the world.

PHotoEspaña is one of the central international forums for photography. Each year the Festival attracts more than seven hundred thousand people and receives acclaim from prestigious critics, making it the most popular cultural event in Spain.

The Festival is an exceptional occasion for discovering images, videos and installations created by outstanding national and international photographers and visual artists. Since the first edition of the Festival, more than 900 exhibitions have been hosted in the city’s main museums, art centres and galleries. The shows are complemented by pedagogic and professional programs designed for diverse audiences.

Every year, the Official Section of the Festival is devoted to one topic chosen by the general curator. From 2011 to 2013, that person is Gerardo Mosquera who has chosen for this edition From Here. Context and Internationalization.

The thematic section, curated by Gerardo Mosquera, proposes an exhibition programme devoted to the concept Body. Eros and Politics. PHE13 will examine this key area, and will also explore the bodyless erotic gaze, aimed at the world around us. In the opposite direction, the Festival will deal with non-erotic photography – aesthetic, constructive, abstract – in which the human body plays a central role.

The exhibition programme will include artists such as Shirin Neshat and Cristina Lucas and collective exhibitions as Him, her, it, which will join together works by Edward Weston and Harry Callahan.

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