Team & Advisors

Team

Silvia Omedes

Director

Independent curator, cultural manager, photographers’ agent, editor, and professor of documentary photography. Has been the director of Photographic Social Vision Foundation since 2001 in Barcelona. Began her career working as exhibition coordinator at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. As a visual editor, she has worked for the publishing house Blume and the magazines OjodePez. She combines visiting lectures on documentary photography in different private and public schools in Spain with the creation of alternative photography projects that challenge our society and shed light and create awareness of social issues worldwide.

She has become tutor for various master classes organized by the World Press Photo Foundation in Europe and in Latin America and jury member of awards such as Joven Talento FNAC 2015, Czech Press Photo, LUX, and Poy Latam 2017. She is an official nominator of young talents for the World Press Photo Foundation.

As a photographer agent, she offers consulting services to both individual authors and collections, providing better management skills and strategies for the professional exploitation of photographic archives. Her clients include the first woman photojournalist in Spain, Joana Biarnés, and the heirs of the Jácques Léonard Family Archive. Since 2014 she is a member of the Impulse Commission for the National Photography Plan of Government of Catalonia.

Helena Velez Olabarria

Artistic direction

Graduated in fine arts from the EHU/UPV (University of the Basque Country), with postgraduate work at the Lahden ammattikorkeakoulu (Lahti University of Applied Science) in Finland. Design, painting, printing techniques, exceptional places and people led her unconsciously to photography more than a decade ago.

She has specialized in applied photography at the Escola Superior d’Imatge i Disseny (Idep Barcelona) and earned a master’s degree in architecture, art, and ephemeral space at the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (Universitat Politècnica Catalunya), deepening her knowledge of both ephemeral architecture and exhibition design. The relation between the ephemeral and the photographic act constitutes the guiding thread of her master’s thesis. Assistant and studio coordinator of Jordi Bernadó in 2011–2011, she has also worked as an architectural photographer and construction monitor. She has collaborated on projects of other photographers while experimenting and slowly developing her own body of work. In 2009 she joined Photographic Social Vision, where she is currently in charge of the Projects section.

Alice Monteil

Education

Anthropologist graduated in social sciences, with a master of research degree from the Université Lumière Lyon 2 in France. Her master’s research centered on the construction of the photographic image in the documentary genre. In 2006 she joined Photographic Social Vision, where she is currently in charge of the Education section and a member of the teaching team of the Punt de Vista workshops, an educational project created more than ten years ago to work with vulnerable social groups. She has been training as a Gestalt therapist since 2009 and currently practices in both individual and group formats at the Escola de l’Esser, while broadening her knowledge of psychopathology through the UNED.

Expert advisors on the DOCfield Barcelona subject 2018 > LOVE

Begonya Enguix Grau is associate lecturer in Arts and Humanities (Open University of Catalonia-UOC, Barcelona) and directs the degree in Anthropology and Human Evolution at the URV-OUC. She has a degree in American Anthropology (Complutense University of Madrid) and in Advertising (Complutense University of Madrid and Open University of Catalonia) and a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology (Urban Anthropology) (Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona). She has participated in research projects about migration, anthropology of the body, gender, love and digital identities, among others. She currently coordinates the consolidated group “MEDUSA. Genders in Transition. Masculinities, bodies, affections and technoscience” (UOC), recognised by the Generalitat de Catalunya Catalan Government; she is a member of theAnthropology of the Body research group of the Catalan Institute of Anthropology and collaborates with the Mediaccions@Digital Culture research group (UOC). Since 2015 she has organised the annual nternational “men in Movement” conference for critical reflection on masculinities from the viewpoint of academia and activism. She currently heads the project ” Gender and post-gender: a cartography of meanings for social (trans) formation” (MINECO 2016-2019). Her research fields are gender anthropology, the body, sexuality and identities, and their overlaps with the urban phenomenon, the media, activism and the digital. Worthy of special note amongst her 50 or more publications is the book Rethinking Romantic Love : Discussions, Imaginaries and Practices (Cambridge Scholars Publishing) edited jointly with JOrdi Roca in 2015.

Roger Canals (Barcelona, 1980) is a professor and researcher in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Barcelona. Specialist in Visual Anthropology, Ethnographic Cinema and Afro-American Religions, he holds a doctorate in anthropology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Social Sciences in Paris and the University of Barcelona. He has done most of his field work on popular religiosity in Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Barcelona. He has been a guest researcher at the Caribbean Studies Institute (San Juan, Puerto Rico), at the University of Manchester and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales de Paris. Roger Canals has published numerous works on African-American culture, religion and visual anthropology. Highlights the book A Goddess in Motion. Visual Creativity in the cult of Maria Lionza (Berghahn Books, 2017) as well as numerous articles in magazines.

 

Nominators DOCfield Barcelona

Eefje Ludwig (The Netherlands, 1982)

Since 2016 she works as an independent consultant, educator, editor and curator in the field of photography and visual storytelling. Previously, she worked as project manager and manager of the World Press Photo Education Team between 2008 and 2016. During these years she coordinated various training projects and publications in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. For years, she coordinated the renowned Joop Swart Masterclass, which has involved many of today’s great names in the industry of photojournalism and documentary photography. Examples of projects she coordinated: Repor t ing Change and Storie s of Change, Joop Swart M asterclass, Latin or American Masterclass, SEE New Perspectives.

She has lectured and reviewed portfolios at Ojo De Pez Meeting in 2015, Eddie Adams Workshop 2010 or the Pedro Meyer Foundation, Mexico. She is a Master in Educational Sciences (University of Amsterdam) and studied photography at the Catalan Institute of Photographic Studies in Barcelona. Her interests are to support the production, distribution and discussion of visual stories, in any possible way. She is interested in opportunities that push the boundaries of visual storytelling and bring together different art forms. She’s artistic director at Photoreporter Festival Saint Brieuc 2017 and creative professional for MAPS collective. Manages the education programme at PHmuseum.com.

Jessica Murray (England, 1972)

Born in England in 1972 and grew up in Kenya, England and the United States, Jessica Murray received a BA in History from Skidmore College, NY.  Currently based in Barcelona, she’s director of Al-liquindoi, a Spanish cultural association that she co-founded in 2004 to provide training and support to visual storytellers and documentarians around the world and to produce content driven projects. Jessica has worked with Open Society Foundations coordinating training programs for photographers in the Middle East and North Africa from 2006 until 2008, and from 2009 until 2013 as part of a grant program for photographers from Central Asia and the Caucasus. In 2012, in response to the January 2011 uprising, Jessica developed and produced an 8-month training program for Egyptian photojournalists in Cairo in collaboration with Contemporary Image Collective and NOOR photography agency.

In 2014, Jessica created the Crónica21 Archive, an on-line multidisciplinary archive of documentary stories and analysis about the deepening economic, political and social crisis in Spain. Since 2014 Jessica has been working with the Magnum Foundation, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), and the Prince Claus Fund, coordinating the educational part of the Arab Documentary Photography Program.

In 2015, Jessica was invited to be the artistic director of the documentary photography festival of Barcelona DOCfield>15.   As part of the festival she helped photographer Joan Tomás and the Mescladís Foundation idea and develop “Diálogos Invisibles” a social art project that told the story of 12 un-documented migrants in Barcelona.  These stories are now being developed into a graphic novel by Mescladís and Al-liquindoi, to be published in September 2017 by Astiberri and the Ajuntament de Barcelona.

In 2016 Jessica developed and managed EUROPA: An Illustrated Introduction to Europe for Migrants and Refugees.  This collaborative book project by Magnum, AFAC, OnTheMove and Al-liquindoi, was published in November 2016 and distributed for free to migrants and refugees around Europa.

Marc Prüst

I am active as photography consultant, curator, and teacher. In that capacity I edit books, create exhibitions, teach and organize workshops and masterclasses, lecture and write on photography, and – on an individual basis – advise photographers on how to develop their work and how to market it.

I am currently curator at Noorderlicht Photography in Groningen, the Netherlands. For Noorderlicht I develop a photographic documentation project on Northern Ghana. It includes a extensive education program, developed in cooperation with World Press Photo, and wil lead to a publication and exhibition late 2016, early 2017.

Besides several smaller projects, I was the Artistic Director of the Photoreporter Festival in Saint Brieuc, France, from 2014 to 2016. In September 2010. I was one of three curators for the FotoGrafia festival in Rome for the period 2010 – 2012, and the creative director of the only photo festival in Nigeria, LagosPhoto.

I worked for the World Press Photo Foundation from 2001 to 2007, where I organized and installed exhibitions all over the world. In 2005 I was responsible for the exhibition and award winning publication «Things As They Are, Photo Journalism in Context since 1955», for which I worked in close cooperation with curator Christian Caujolle and editor Chris Boot. In 2007 I moved on to Agence VU’ where I was mainly responsible for the international cultural activities of the agency. In 2009 I left the agency to start for myself as freelance curator, consultant, and teacher.

photography ©Gael Cloarec

Arianna Rinaldo

is a freelance professional working with photography at a wide range. She is the artistic director of Cortona On The Move, the international photo festival in Tuscany, Italy. For almost 10 years she was also the director of OjodePez magazine, the only documentary photography quarterly published in Spain.

Arianna’s relationship with photography started in 1998 in New York, as Archive Director at Magnum Photos. Back in Italy in 2001, as picture editor for Colors magazine she commissioned international photographers to produce documentary projects all over the world.

Based in Milan from 2004 to 2011, Arianna has been a freelance curator for exhibits and a photo consultant for various publications, among which 4 years at D, the weekend supplement of one of Italy’s main daily, La Repubblica. She is a regular participant in portfolio reviews and jury panels worldwide, as well as speaker and teacher. She was part of the World Press Photo jury in 2009, Fotopres, Spain in 2012 and has been a Photolucida Critical Mass juror since 2009.

photography ©Piero Martinello

Erik de Kruijf

As curator and exhibition organizer at the World Press Photo Foundation, he has been traveling the world for ten years,organizing exhibitions and  photo events in over sixty countries. For many years he played a central role in the annual photo contest as well. As of 2016 he works independently as project manager, curator and editor,  mainly focusing on (photographic) exhibitions related to human rights, social issues and gender and sexual  equality. Recently he curated several exhibitions for Pride Photo Award, which were on display in the Netherlands and traveled to Jakarta, Hanoi, San Francisco and the Balkans.

He also works as and editor and translator.

He is based between Amsterdam and Mexico City, studied Arts in the Netherlands, Journalism in Dublin and spent several years in Berlin.

photography ©Toni Amengual

Expert advisors on the subject DOCfield Barcelona 2017 > Journey

Saida Palou Rubio Doctor in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Barcelona. She has won the Ciutat de Barcelona Prize Agustí Duran i Sanpere in 2011 for her doctoral thesis.

She is currently an associate professor at the University of Girona, a member of the Board of Directors and of the Drafting Council of the Catalan Institute of Anthropology, and a member of the Editorial Committee of the Ethnology Magazine of Catalonia.

She is the author of research, publications and presentations in the field of tourism, the history of tourism and the tourist uses of historical memory. She has worked especially on the Barcelona case.

During the 2008-2010 biennium she worked as a technician in the Strategic Tourism Plan of Barcelona.

Among her contributions, it is worth highlighting the coordination of the BCN Destination Days. History of tourism to the city, organized by the Historic Archive of Barcelona City (2014) and the edition of the book with the contributions of some twenty texts and authors (Efadós 2016). Also worthy of note are the coordination of the numbers “Tourism and the Place of Memory” (International Journal of Tourism Anthropology 2016) and “Dialogues of Anthropology and Tourism. Ethnographies and contemporary debates “(Notebooks of the Catalan Institute of Anthropology 2016).

Daniele Porretta is an architect, graduated in the Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”. Since 2001 he lives in Barcelona where he investigates the contemporary city. He holds a doctorate in Theory and History of Architecture from the ETSAB-UPC with a thesis directed by Juan José Lahuerta on the evolution of the image of the city in the future during the first half of the twentieth century, from technological utopias to dystopias of social control. He has been a member of the research group of the ETSAB Critical Archive of the Barcelona Model, directed by Josep Maria Montaner. He is a member of the Col.lectiu Accions Urbanes, of the network of Collective Architectures, and collaborates with associations and platforms of Barcelona on themes of urbanism and tourism. He has been director and curator of the courses The city and the imaginary of destruction (2011), House (s). Looks at the idea of ​​living (2015), The city of the future: utopias and dystopias (2016) at the Institut d’Humanitats de Barcelona.