30 minutes away from Barcelona, 20 minutes from Terrassa and Sabadell and 10 minutes from Sant Cugat, Rubí is an industrial city with 75,000 inhabitants where there is almost no trace of the old town, a centre for agriculture in the region, with just 7,000 inhabitants in the mid-20th century.
It was also a long time ago that the city held its Millennium celebrations although, despite its slow pace, the city continues to host La Nuu, Rubí’s photography festival.
12 photographers, 12 locations in the street.
1. Plaça de l’Església.
Paola de Grenet “A dog’s life”. Italian photographer based in Barcelona.
These dogs were photographed in traditional portrait style to highlight the fact they are members of a family.
2. Plaça de l’estació FGC.
Maite Caramés “Entre tu y yo” (Between you and I). Photographer. Barcelona.
When she was diagnosed with cancer she told me that she would like me to follow her on her journey. Not just to document the cancer, but also to face up to her fear of posing in front of the camera.
3. CGT Union building, Plaça d’Anselm Clavé.
Mireia Bordonada “Interiores” (Interiors). Photographer. Barcelona.
This is the story of a subculture. A portrait of youth with problems that do not only show themselves through socio-political standards, but also through an aesthetic that differentiates them and sometimes creates a barrier to the rest of society.
Bego Antón “Lady winter”. Photographer. Barcelona.
I spent two months living in Olafsfjordur, a small, remote town in the north of Iceland. I wanted to show human behaviour under adverse weather conditions and look into the consequences it can have on people’s connections with nature and the countryside.
5. Vapor Nou, Passeig de la Riera.
Diana Coca “Mujer serpiente” (Serpent woman). Photographer. Palma de Mallorca.
If, in the past, fashion photographers(*) showed the cold perfection and elegance of the middle class and aristocrats, sustained by a system of power, hierarchy, morality and stability. My images reject these concepts and focus on a review of modernity, all while showing a portrait of a living, everyday woman, who is no longer an inanimate object and becomes an active human being.
(*)“Mujer serpiente” is part of an advertising campaign for the shoe brand Carolinna Espinosa (Hong King).
6. The junction between Carrer Floridablanca and Dr. Robert.
Elisa González Miralles “Wannabe”. Photographer. Madrid.
In this project I wanted to question how society and its standards determine the behaviour of an individual and limit how their identity develops.
Vanessa Püntener “Vilnius”. Photographer. Winterthur.
Vilnius, Lithuania. The photographs show post-communist women in a complex society. At a time of social change, some women wanted to rid themselves of their anonymity and defend their identity. Each of these scarves, and each of their owners, represent a unique personality expressed in violent colours, soft fabrics and floral designs.
8. l’Antiga Estació.
Miren Pastor “Bidean”. Photographer from Pamplona/Iruña based in Madrid.
The images seem to come from another tie, when explorers took photos of places where people had never before set foot, and when the world was being seen for the first time. However, these pictures are more recent and are made in places nearby.
9. Pich Aguilera Warehouses, Passeig de la Riera.
Dèbora Martínez Sánchez “La hora del Lobo” (The Hour of the Wolf). Barcelona-based photographer from Osca.
La hora del Lobo is a project that explores the period of the evening known as the blue hour (or twilight), from dusk until complete darkness.
10. Municipal Library, Plaça Antonio Machado.
Ana Cuba “On healing faith”. Photographer from Zaragoza based in London.
On healing faith is a piece on pseudo-sciences that shows a series of images depicting alternative therapies such as acupuncture, colour therapy, homeopathy, magnet therapy and reiki. The project aims to stimulate critical thinking through the irony shown in the photos.
11. The bridge on Carrer Cadmo, l’Escardívol.
Lúa Ocaña “Rainstorming”. Barcelona-based photographer from Vigo.
This project was the result of the urge to do a retrospective of my work. My gaze is the origin, a subjective point from which I see the different spaces and details that surround me.
12. Plaça de l’estació FGC.
Marta Soul “Idilios” (Idylls). Photographer. Madrid.
Idilios shows a series of romantic reconstructions in which women (the artist’s alter ego) kisses different men in different places. The man is just another element, not another protagonist, while the kiss is the main and only action, a symbol of the most stereotypical romanticism.