Institut Ramon LLull

Catalan photographer Espe Pons tours the US universities presenting her work on the historical memory

USA, 06/02/2024

Espe Pons, born in Barcelona in 1973, is a freelance photographer specializing in reportage and artistic photography. Her most recent work evolves around the silenced memories of the victims of the Spanish Civil War and Francoism, and how images speak through silence.

The main core of Espe Pons's work is memory and landscape. The construction of her projects is often based on a certain visual poetics full of silences. In other cases, it places photography right at the limit of the medium itself, revealing its conventions. While in the early period of Pons's career her work was based on inner landscape and personal memory, over time her work has become more complex, incorporating key elements of historical and social reflection.


About Espe Pons

Since the late nineties, Espe Pons has exhibited her work at numerous festivals and galleries, notably: Primavera Fotogràfica, Barcelona, 2000; PHotoESPAÑA, Madrid, 2001, 2002 and 2019; Festival Voies Off, Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, 2003; Fundació Atrium Artis, Girona, 2010; Gallery Quilu Art Space, Shanghai, 2015; Shortlisted for the Fundació Vila Casas Contemporary Photography Prize, Barcelona, 2017; Galeria Esther Montoriol, Barcelona, 2018; Museu Palau Solterra, Fundació Vila Casas, Barcelona, 2020; Museu Memorial de l’Exili, La Jonquera, 2021; Muzej grada Beograda, Belgrade, 2021; Castell de Montjuïc, Barcelona, 2021; Jersey City Theater Center, New Jersey, 2022; Palacio de la Merced, Córdoba, 2023, and Els Costals, NYS Polígon Arts, Castellbisbal, 2023, Sala Walter Benjamin, Portbou, 2023; Palacio de la Audiencia, Soria, 2023, and La Llotja del Cànem, Castelló de la Plana, 2023.

In 2019, Espe Pons was selected, along with Jordi Jové, for an artist-in-residence programme at Three Shadows Photography Art Center in Beijing, China.

She has published three photobooks, Sota la llum del mar (Under the light of the sea) in 2021,Tierra (Land) in 2023, and Flucht in 2023.

March 14-15, University of Minnesota: Opening of the exhibit “Mirrors of Oblivion”

March 21-22, Furman University

April 18-20, University of Minnesota: Presentation of “Mirrors of Oblivion” as part of the 19th International Colloquium of the North American Catalan Society (NACS)

April 21-22, Wesleyan University

April 23, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

April 24-25, Brown University

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