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Join us at this member-led event at the opening night of Guille Ibanez’ exhibition Tierra Santa at the Instituto Cervantes for a talk and discussion about the culture behind his photography. 

Tierra Santa offers a window into the religious and cultural celebrations of Spain. The fiestas represent the essence of the country - a celebration of its culture and heritage, which highlights each region’s uniqueness within the context of a profoundly diverse (and often divided) country. This body of work is an exploration of the theatre of religion and the way that people construct elaborate mythologies and folklore around their faiths and beliefs, often translated through rich cultural iconography that is passed down from generation to generation.  

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Who is it for?
This event is for anyone who is interested cultural traditions, social documentary, capturing unusual subjects or working in communities. It's perfect for photographers or artists looking to get an insight into different projects, or those who are interested in the medium and are looking for some visual inspiration.

Guille Ibanez
Born in Madrid but drawn to Manchester, where he now lives, Guille Ibanez is a photographer whose work focuses on culture, tradition and human interaction. Originally trained as a cinematographer, Guille still combines professional film and video work with his passion for photography. The tension between the moving and the still image is at the heart of Guille's work, and his pictures are often referred to as being like frames from a film. Religion and human faith play a major part in Guille’s work and he develops long term projects in his home country of Spain whilst also working in the UK and Asia. Guille’s photography has been shown in numerous festivals around Europe and America and he was recently a finalist at the prestigious Moscow International Foto festival.

Dr Karl McLaughlin
Dr Karl McLaughlin is a senior lecturer in Spanish at Manchester Metropolitan University, as well as a professional translator/interpreter and journalist. He has a keen interest in contemporary Spanish politics and culture and has published articles on topical issues such as Spain’s Eat and Run phenomenon and the reasons behind jihadi terrorist interest in Spain. He lived in Spain for more than 25 years and has an extensive knowledge of life and practices in the country, including its most popular fiestas, from religious celebrations to Carnival. He is currently supervising a dissertation on the subject of the changing nature of Spain’s fiestas.
Dr Idoya Puig
Dr Idoya Puig is a Senior Lecturer in Spanish at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research is around Cervantes and Golden Age culture in Spain. She is familiar with Spanish cultural traditions and the religious context from which they have arisen. She also teaches aspects of culture in contemporary Spain and changing trends in society. Idoya is originally from Catalonia and has a keen interest in the manner in which traditions and symbols are presented and used in the media at present to serve specific political objectives.

18:30 until 20:00 on 31 January 2018. The exhibition opens at 18:00. The formal discussion is expected to finish around 19:30.

Instituto Cervantes, 326-330 Deansgate, Campfield Avenue Arcade, Manchester M3 4FN.


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Image: Festa Major - Vilafranca del Penedes, Catalonia by Guille Ibanez

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