Transitions. Ten years that transformed Europe. Nicolas Motelay Collection
Official section PHotoEspaña 2016
Bernd & Hilla Becher » Laurenz Berges » Joachim Brohm » Jean-Marc Bustamante » Andrey Chezhin » Sergey Chilikov » John Davies » Peter Fraser » Paul Graham » Harry Gruyaert » Candida Höfer » Axel Hütte » Chris Killip » Vladimir Kupriyanov » Jouko Lehtola » Esko Männikkö » Boris Mikhailov » Martin Parr » Eric Poitevin » Heinrich Riebesehl » Tata Ronkholz » Thomas Ruff » Wilhelm Schürmann » Michael Schmidt » Graham Smith » Chris Steele-Perkins » Tom Wood » & others
Exhibition: 1 Jun – 25 Sep 2016
Círculo de Bellas Artes
Tue-Sun 11-14 + 17-21
Transitions. Ten years that transformed Europe. Motelay Collection
Curators: Alexis Fabry y María Wills
Organized by Círculo de Bellas Artes y PHotoEspaña
In 1979, Margaret Thatcher is elected prime minister of the United Kingdom; in 1989 the Berlin wall is torn down. Ten years that transformed Europe, paradoxical and characterised by their openness, by a capacity for innovation translated into the dizzying development of the banking section; but also by the increasing of unemployment and the dismantling of the welfare state that was set up in the post-war period.
In Great Britain, an expression taken from a 1977 song would be heard for a long time: “no future”, whose academic resonance took place in the United States with the article “The End of History”, by Francis Fukuyama, written twelve years later in order to reveal how the coming of western liberal democracy was the final point in socio-cultural evolution.
At the end of all these years of transition, the stand-off between the two superpowers ended, the economic crisis emerged people’s lives and the limits between photography and other manifestations disappeared.