Conversation with Awarded Spanish photographer Carlos Spottorno on the need for new European storytelling, how to avoid creating new European prejudices and why we all need understanding economical realities better.
|Date||26 March 2021|
Awarded Spanish photographer Carlos Spottorno was born in Budapest and raised in Rome, Paris and Madrid. He graduated in painting and printmaking at the Rome Academy of Fine Arts and was an Erasmus student at the Loughborough College of Arts & Design, in the UK. “I believe the European Union is the greatest diplomatic success of the modern time.”
Yet his work is not about making European dreams come true, but always tries to describe the present between history and wishful thinking, capturing the realities we like looking away from. His described his work on ‘The PIGS’ as “.. a collection of clichés, both true and incomplete. The same way a travel guide avoids anything seemingly unattractive, this book shows much of what we find embarrassing, oftentimes rightly, and at times unfairly.” In his latest publication ‘The Crack’ – in collaboration with Guillermo Abril – he follows EU borders from Africa to the Arctic between 2014 and 2016. It is a book on European history in the making, portraying a continent in crisis as much as a multitude of individuals all trying to make the best of their lives in the midst of geopolitics.
Joining the conversation on the need for new European storytelling, how to avoid creating new European prejudices and why we all need understanding economical realities better is Luiza Bialasiewicz, professor of European governance at ARTES, University of Amsterdam.
The conversation will be hosted in zoom. In order to access the zoom link, we ask you to register, see link below.