From March 24 to April 23, the Baix Empordà Photography Festival, Mirades Festival 2023 is celebrated in Torroella de Montgrí, La Bisbal d'Empordà, Palafrugell and Girona and presents the photographic projects of seventeen artists, all of them chosen through a public call.
The exhibition, which is biannual, is organized by the Foto Torroella Association and this year returns strongly after the last edition, in 2021, was reduced due to the restrictions of the pandemic.
The artists who participate in the Mirades 2023 Festival, with a prominent presence of women, have been chosen by the jury made up of photographers Rita Puig-Serra, David Salcedo and Arnau Rovira, from among the 156 proposals received by the organization, the majority from Catalonia (89) and Spain (55), but also from the rest of Europe (5) and South America (7).
In Torroella de Montgrí you can see ten of the seventeen scheduled exhibitions, in spaces such as the Mediterranean Museum, the Chapel of Sant Antoni, the Cloister of the Agustins Convent, the Vila Casas Foundation, the Mascort Foundation and, in one large format exhibition, the old Garage Vert.
At the Museu de la Mediterrània, four samples will be gathered, the Catalan Paula Artés' projects will be exhibited there, with Firma; Sergi Batlle, with Cubil, Claudia Herrán, with Kenya, Alma, and Lisa Pram A Site of her Own.
In the Cloister of the Agustins Convent, the photographer Paco Poyato presents El Muro Invisible, while the Andalusian Mar Alcalá exhibits Come y calla.
At the Chapel of Sant Antoni, in Plaça de la Vila de Torroella, Elisa Miralles and Lurdes R. Basoli are exhibiting sorbolas, while at the Mascort Foundation, you can see Paredadors and stonemasons by Anna Lofi. And in the old Garage Vert, the Valencian Vicente Paredes exhibits SuperEuskadi.
At the Vila Casas-Palau Solterra Foundation you can see the work of the Chilean photographer Inés Molina Navea, Ejercicios mínimos para un Jardín de invierno, winner of the 8th Foto Torroella Photography Grant. At the Bisbal d'Empordà, Mirades'23 will present four exhibitions, all at the Castle of Palau, such as that of the Mexican Cristóbal Ascencio Ramos with Las flores mueren dos veces, Raquel Bravo Iglesias, from Valladolid, will present Mato Grosso; Barcelona's Julieta Avderbuj presents El juego de la magdalena and Madrid's Javier Talavera will show Almudena.
In Palafrugell, at the Library, Madrid photographer Laura San Segundo is exhibiting with One can only give examples of it.
Finally, in Girona, in the cloister of the Mercè Cultural Center, Mirades'23 will present two exhibitions, Los irrepressibles, by the Mexican George Ramos and La Liga de la novia by the Mallorcan Robert Hernández Yustos. As part of the program of activities for April 15, there will be the Photography Fair in Plaça de la Vila de Torroella de Montgrí, with a meeting of photography publishers and a fair of author photographs and will also present the book Waiting Game IllK, by Catalan documentary photographer Txema Salvans. The event will take place at the Vila-Casas Foundation. On April 21, at Cinema Montgrí and in collaboration with Cine-Club Torroellenc, the documentary film Chromosoma 5, by the director Maria Ripoll and Lisa Pram, will be shown, inspired by the personal diary of the Danish photographer following the birth of his daughter Andrea. Pram also presents an exhibition at the festival on the same topic.