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PHOTOGRAPHIC STORIES 2


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06.03.2020 – 13.06.2020
Exhibition by Jordi Puig Boix and Antoni Pladevall Arumí

Opening, Friday 6th March at 8 pm
in ACVIC. Centre d'Arts Contemporànies

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Photography: Jordi Puig. Fotografia de la sèrie Lisboa 10 dies de juliol (1975)

     When the Lusitanian revolution started on April 25th 1974 with an exceptional blooming of carnations in the rifle-barrels of the rebellious soldiers which left all botanists open-mouthed with astonishment, no one could have foreseen how the dream of freedom would be squandered, and so the people, fifteen months later, still live in hope, calling for the full restoration of democracy in order to drive away the nightmare of the monstrous dictatorship which gripped the minds and the hearts of the Portuguese people. Having swept the tyrant away, hope, perfidious by nature, parades once again through the streets of Lisbon -the mythical white city- with a prophetic aspect; another Hispanic dictator, with not long to wait before he draws his last breath. 

      Men and women who eke out a living in the shanties of Linda-a-Pastora and Linda-a-Velha advance steadily, their eyes purposeful, a chant on their lips, and the unheard-of accompaniment of a group of young soldiers who hold their hands and who, like the boy struck by a slight nasal irritation, see for the first time the photographer who captures their exciting communion with the people. On the other hand, the couple on the other side, smiling while they concentrate on eating the ice cream which is melting rapidly in the heat, take no notice of the visual appropriation.

     A boy runs ahead, perhaps not without reason, of the paper-chain ranks of soldiers; as if heralding the future which is rushing headlong toward its brightest flare. 

Antoni Pladevall Arumí

 


 

Jordi Puig Boix (Vic, 1953) began his career in photography under the guidance of his father, a tailor by profession and a photographer and film-maker by vocation. His career in photojournalism began when, sponsored by Eusebi Coromina, he joined the weekly magazine Canigó, edited by Isabel-Clara Simó. Puig also made contributions to the magazines Oriflama and El Viejo Topo,and to the newspapers El Correo Catalán and La Vanguardia, and in the centrespread pages of  the latter newspaper. On January 6th, 1976 he received the Ramon Dimas award for journalistic reportage, awarded by the weekly magazine Destino, with the photographic collection entitled "Lisbon, 10 days in July".
He was also a founding member of the newspaper El 9 Nou, where he has worked as a photoprapher 40 years old.


Antoni Pladevall Arumí (Taradell, 1961) is a philologist and writer. He has authored articles for newspapers and magazines such as AusaReduccionsEls MargesSerra d'Or and El 9 Nou. Among other books, he has published the essay La il·lustració a Vic (2000) and the novels La lliça bruta (2001), Terres de lloguer(2006), La papallona negra (2009) and El dia que vaig fer vuit anys (2014). 

 
  
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