The project can be visited at the Boca del Calvari Museum from April 22 to June 15
Benidorm and Fundación Photographic propose to come back to visit Ferran Freixa's trajectory with a unique exhibition
‘La luz presente' is an extensive retrospective of 70 photographs, which includes images from some of his best-known series
It is the first exhibition after the disappearance of the photographer and the first time that his work is exhibited in the province of Alicante
'Ferrán Freixa. The present light' is the title of the exhibition that from this Friday, April 22, can be visited at Boca del Calvari Museum in Benidorm, and which proposes to revisit the trajectory of the photographer, who died last June, through a retrospective of his work. It is an exhibition project that emerged from the collaboration between the Benidorm City Council and the Photographic Foundation and consists of 67 black and white photographs and three large-format colour images.
The Councilor for Historical and Cultural Heritage, Ana Pellicer, explained that "we are talking about a unique exhibition, which will allow the viewer to delve into the creative production of Ferran Freixa and discover the poetry that is in all his photographs and the themes that excited him and that are a constant in his work: the passage of time, the traces that it leaves in architectural constructions, the daily life of objects and urban landscapes from very diverse places and the beauty that exists in them”.
Pellicer added that "this exhibition is also unique because this monographic selection is the first to be exhibited since the disappearance of the photographer and also the first of Ferran Freixa's work to be exhibited in the province of Alicante".
"For the City Council, the Department of Historical Heritage and the Boca del Calvari Museum -he remarked- it is very gratifying and stimulating to be a part of this project and to have in the city the work of such a nationally and internationally recognized photographer, who He has exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, and some of whose photographs have been incorporated into the collections of Reina Sofía Museum, IVAM, the National Art Museum of Catalonia or the National Library of France”.
The mayor has detailed that "among the photographic selection made by the family of Ferran Freixa -with the support and collaboration of the Photographic Foundation and colleagues and friends of the author-, there are included images of some of his best-known series and in which His style is very evident”. Thus, there are photographs of the series on old shops in Barcelona, and also of the one that led him to portray restaurant tables in very different places, of the one he made on textile colonies, or with which he witnessed the state in which the Lyceum after the fire of 1994.
Marina Freixa, the photographer's daughter and one of the exhibition's curators, pointed out that this exhibition "gathers, as a retrospective, the different stages through which the author's subjective documentary art passed" from 1973 to 2013. “In all the images”, he specified, “an absolute personal stamp remains, invisible threads that seem to weave an aesthetic personality with the themes that fascinated him: the Mediterranean, the ruin and erosion of cultural heritage, classical architectural monumentality, the nature recovering the stolen land, the city, or the beauty of everyday objects in hotels and restaurants”.
After recalling that his photographic work is "intimate", "poetic" and done "without haste", the curator has assured that the selection of images for this posthumous exhibition "has been, without a doubt, an exercise full of nostalgia", another element very present in his work.
'Ferrán Freixa. La luz presente', opens this Friday at noon and will be installed at Museu Boca del Calvari until June 15.