By Mariana Hristova
Foto Colectania’s new exhibit provides insight into the legendary Movida, the ‘80s countercultural movement that celebrated the end of Francoist stagnation while demonstrating the younger generation’s urge for freedom of expression.
Wild artistic manifestations filled the streets and underground cultural hubs, first in Madrid, later in Barcelona, Bilbao, Vigo and beyond – fortunately, professional photographers were around to capture the vibes. Vintage photos by four such artists are exhibited here: Alberto García-Alix’s black-and-white testimonies of street life, Ouka Leele’s creative experiments with visual language, Pablo Pérez-Mínguez’s studio portraits of the Movida’s main figures, and Miguel Trillo’s chronicles of groundbreaking live music.
The result is an exciting photographic reflection of the political transition that gave birth to irreversible sociocultural change. The exhibition arrives after being presented at Les Rencontres d’Arles.