KBr is the new Photography Center with which Fundación MAPFRE begins a new stage in its intense dedication to artistic photography, one of its main areas of cultural activity since 2009.
With two exhibition areas, a bookstore, an area for educational activities and a multi-purpose auditorium, KBr becomes a national and international reference in the field of photography.
Considered a living legend of photography, William Eggleston (1939, Memphis, Tennessee, United States) is part of a generation of authors whose work, in the seventies, freed photography from many of the restrictive rules and concepts of the medium; One of the most relevant: that artistic photography could only be if it was made in black and white.
One more year, we give visibility to the work of new generations of photographers who begin their professional career after having trained in Barcelona. In this third edition of KBr Flama we have the works of Alan Balzac (Galicia, 1999), Ivette Blaya (Santa Margarida de Montbui, Barcelona, 2000), Rocío Madrid (Melilla, 1988) and Lucía Morón (Buenos Aires, 1997).
Untitled, c. 1970-1973. © Eggleston Artistic Trust.
Courtesy Eggleston Artistic Trust and David Zwirner
Serie Melilla, 2021
© Rocío Madrid
At KBr things happen. Here we are developing a permanent educational program, focused more on training future generations in the understanding of the language of photography and its artistic dimension than on explaining a specific exhibition. We share knowledge about photography through meetings and conferences.
All our activities aim to contribute to the dynamism and projection of Barcelona through an area – artistic photography – closely associated with the cultural excellence of contemporary Catalonia.
Coinciding with the presentation of the exhibition Jules Ainaud’s Catalonia (1871-1872) and International Archives Week, Jep Martí Baiget (curator of the exhibition) recounts his experience of researching the figure of Ainaud in different archives, and explains the key points of the exhibition he is presenting at the KBr.
Workshop Get Real! (Open your eyes!)
Coinciding with the workshop that photographer Cristina De Middel will be giving at the KBr (April 13 to 16), we present this opening talk, in which the photographer -recognized with the National Photography Award in 2017- will review her trajectory from her dedication to photojournalism for a decade to her current photographic practice, which combines documentary and conceptual character at the same time.
Juan Vicente Aliaga, curator of the exhibition Ilse Bing (February 16–May 14) presents the work of this German photographer, creator of a unique oeuvre spanning the central decades of the 20th century through which she achieved professional recognition exceptional for women in the field of photography.