In reminiscence of Colita: “When a photographer believes himself superior to the person he portrays, the photo is fucking shit and he is a son of a bitch” | EUROtoday

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Colita was antifmin till the final second, when he died on December 31 as a consequence of issues derived from peritonitis. She was 83 years previous and was excited to see the exhibition that the Crculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid inaugurated as we speak, with large-format images of her exhibiting off that she herself selected. A revenge (or justice, in the long run) on the regime that censored her greater than as soon as and that destroyed the three,000 copies of Antifmina, the primary feminist photobook that Colita designed along with the mental Maria Aurlia Capmany and which ended up changing into confetti for Hispanic Heritage Day. It was 1977 and though Franco had died, Spain was nonetheless Francoist.

This e-book is a tragic story: they’ve humiliated him, they’ve destroyed him, however they haven’t been in a position to defeat him. In the top we received, though 60 years later, Colita recalled whereas having a espresso with milk in her Sarri studio, on a chilly morning in November 2021, when the Barcelona City Council reissued Antifmina in an beautiful quantity supervised by herself. Now Madrid pays him a double tribute: the nice exhibition of the Crculo de Bellas Artes, curated by the artist Francesc Polop, and the symbolic supply of Colita's legacy to the Cervantes Institute, which can be carried out this afternoon by her buddy Maruja Torres when she deposits a field with unpublished documentation and, after all, the Antifmina.

'Story of a solitude' (1966).

'Story of a solitude' (1966).colitis

Look, I'm going to let you know one thing, Colita out of the blue blurted out in her interview with ELMUNDO, in some unpublished statements that summarize her conception of images: A photographer can not consider himself superior to the being he images, be it a beggar, a gypsy or a woman going procuring… When a photographer thinks he’s superior, the photograph is fucking shit and he’s a son of a bitch. That is, your photographable topics are folks such as you. She paused and added an exception: Less… If you go to a fascist demonstration or a warfare.

She spoke like this, forceful and biting, whether or not on the bakery, with the neighborhood dressmaker or at a snack together with her associates (and what associates! See the scrumptious documentary on Filmin Cola, Colita, Colassa, which Ventura Pons recorded in 2015 within the photographer's backyard with the writers Rosa Regés and Maruja Torres, the editor Beatriz de Moura, the previous mannequin Teresa Gimpera and the singer Nria Feliu: all gathered round a desk, with cigarillos and churros ). Direct and unfiltered, if Colita was radical in something, it was in her unwavering honesty, in her social dedication, particularly at a time when ladies might go to jail for adultery (the legislation was not abolished till 1978) or for abort (legalization didn’t come till 1985).

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'A Risky Profession' (1969).colitis

And that’s the context of Antifmina:Here is the perfect of the Spanish girl dictated after the Glorious National Uprising: HOUSE, KITCHEN, SOCKS (…) the Nazis had been extra liberal, writes the good Capmany. And Colita's manifesto photographs illustrated it: wedding ceremony images by which the bride appears to be going to her funeral, the loneliness and exclusion of the grandmothers, the marginalization of the gypsies of Somorrostro, the objectified fashions, the cloistered nuns… In these days you needed to be an anti-woman. Not being a feminist was throwing stones at your roof like an fool, defended Colita, anti-woman since she left faculty and determined to be the primary (with Joana Biarns' permission) to take a digital camera and do the identical as them: images that They clarify a Spain in black and white, that of the 60s and 70s.

'The compliment' (1963).

'The praise' (1963).colitis

I not solely painting an period and an nearly legendary Barcelona, ​​that of the considerably rogue Gauche Divine: she herself was that period, that Barcelona. However, she is shocked that her hometown has not devoted a significant anthology to her lately and that she has not but stated sure to internet hosting Antifmina. Colita Flamenco toured virtually throughout Spain, nevertheless it has not been seen in Barcelona and that begins with {a photograph} of Carmen Amaya in Montjuc, a pure Catalan gypsy, laments Francesc Polop, buddy and collaborator of Colita, editor and curator of Antifmina. With or with out exhibition, Colita will all the time be the picture of that legendary Barcelona, ​​that of the antifminas.


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