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Formentera echoes support for ‘WeDemandTransEquality’ hashtag

foto 2021 exigim trans AEarlier today Consell de Formentera equality and LGBTIQ+ chief Vanessa Parellada attended a gathering to mark the trans flag’s arrival at regional parliament. The flag is currently travelling across the autonomous regions of Spain as part of #ExigimosLaIgualdadTrans (‘WeDemandTransEquality’). The Spanish Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Trans and Bisexuals (FELGTB), Triangle Foundation and Chrysallis initiative enjoys support in the Balearics from local and regional groups like Bens Amics and Sa Clau de s’Armari. Senior regional government officials joined members of the LGTBIQ+ community for the event and flag signing.

A trans flag has similarly been hung from the Casa Consistorial in a show of support by Formentera’s government. The Consell de Formentera joined the campaign when it launched last April. Councillor Parellada underscored the local administration’s historic support for awareness around sexual and gender diversity.

From April to June, the flag’s cross-country march will be punctuated by receptions and rallies aimed at building visibility and mobilising for trans equality before the law.

#ExigimosLaIgualdadTran highlights the need for nationwide recognition of rights like the right to determine one’s gender without being subjected to requirements of third-party endorsement. With popular support, and the backing of regional and local authorities, organisers hope to overcome the impasse around talks for national legislation to guarantee legal equality for trans people.


6 May 2021
Communications Department
Council of Formentera

New campaign urges islanders: ‘Get vaccinated, for you and for everybody’

cartell 2021 vacunatThe Consell de Formentera has put together a video encouraging islanders to support herd immunity and a speedy return to normalcy by answering the call to get vaccinated when they receive it.

The video will be shared across social media platforms and highlights the vaccine’s advantages in an effort to encourage solidarity around the vaccination push.

6 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Partnership with GE Espalmador

foto 2021 conveni GEEConsell de Formentera chief Alejandra Ferrer and Grup Esportiu Espalmador president Juan José Escandell signed a deal earlier today to support activities and events organisation and promotion at the municipal athletics camp (Escola Municipal d’Atletisme de Formentera, EMAF) in 2021. Deputy chief Ana Juan and GEE rep Jesus Ferrer were present as well.

Under the arrangement, €24,000 goes to hiring staff to oversee EMAF activities and another €12,000 goes to the planning, organization and implementation of various local sporting events.

5 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

October dates and early details unveiled for Formentera Fotogràfica 2021

foto 2021 formentera fotografica CThe Formentera Office of Tourism reports that the ninth edition of Formentera Fotogràfica, the local photography festival initially scheduled to take place in May, will be held 8–12 October 2021.

Cristina de Middel, Miss Beige, Sofía Moro and Fernando Maquieira will share the stage on Formentera with other leading figures of contemporary photography and visual culture. Organisers announced the names of six of the festival’s speakers today and said additional details about the programme, registration period, prices and promotions, including resident discounts, would come in the days ahead.

Consell de Formentera premiere and tourism chief Alejandra Ferrer hailed “another year of visits from brilliant professionals and photography enthusiasts revelling in the island’s unbeatable backdrop for photos”.

Speakers
Spanish photographer Cristina De Middel has been an associate of the Magnum agency since 2017. She investigates photography’s ambiguous relationship with truth and questions the stereotypes that lead to a blurring of the line between reality and fiction. After 10 years as a photojournalist and humanitarian photographer, De Middel published the acclaimed The Afronauts in 2012, following the series with more than 13 projects and publications and winning accolades like the ICP’s Infinity Award in 2012 (New York City) and the National Photography Award in 2017. De Middel’s work has been shown in over 50 exhibitions internationally and features in collections such as the Tate Modern and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Ana Esmith is a journalist, performer and Instagram artist known by the pseudonym Miss Beige. The Madrid native studied drama in London, where she lived and worked in stage productions as a creator and director for over 15 years. With Miss Beige, Esmith’s years in journalism and art find a new outlet in performance, her first exploration of non-verbal work. Rituals of appearance, aesthetics of artifice and reflection on gender form part of the conceptual background as the artist liberates the image of femininity understood as a cultural construction based on arbitrary conventions, imposed over the centuries.

Freelance photographer Sofía Moro specialises in editorial portraiture. She contributes regularly to Vanity Fair and El País Semanal magazines, where she has published over a hundred portraits and more than 20 cover stories. Other more personal projects centre on human rights, such as the book ¿Quién merece morir? (2018) and the exhibition Cuidadoras (PhotoEspaña 2020). In 2010 she won first prize for portraiture in the Foto-Nikon contest, and in 2019 she was named finalist in the international LensCulture Portrait Awards.

Fernando Maquieira is a Spanish musician and photographer specialising in art and architecture photography. His many publications include the Guía Nocturna de Museos, which offers a new look at museums under the influence of night and the absence of light. Maquieira built 2018’s breakthrough Alucinosis around rediscovered travel slides which years in cardboard boxes had left caked in mould and bacteria. In 2019, Alucinosis’s colours, psychedelic shapes and built-in study of chance and time’s passage could be seen at the Revela’t festival.

Jon Cazenave is an economist and visual artist. He sees photography as an intimate exercise in anthropology and enlists his personal language of ancestral signs and symbols in contemporary creation. Cazenave is an austere, silent, intense and synthetic author, and follows a quest for knowledge based on introspective questioning in an effort to better understand broader contexts. After thirteen years of preparation, Cazenave’s Galerna was published in 2020 by the iconic publishing house Éditions Xavier Barral i Dalpine.

The professional endeavours of Gloria Oyarzabal are split between film, photography and education. A visual artist, photographer, fine arts graduate, programmer and co-founder of the Madrid arthouse cinema La Enana Marrón (1999-2009), Oyarzabal used a three-year sojourn in Mali to hone her study of the African imaginary, processes of colonisation/decolonisation, new colonialisms and the diverse voices around African feminisms. In 2017, the artistic residency “Ranchito Matadero Nigeria” between South Africa and Madrid and “Art House Foundation Lagos” in Nigeria helped Oyarzabal advance her research on the colonising of the concept of woman. Of the many awards she has received, the Aperture Paris Photo’s Best Photobook of the Year (2020) stands out.

Formentera Fotogràfica is “fotografia en família”. Great names in contemporary photography piloting intimate hands-on and theory-based sessions in the service of knowledge, reflection and collective creation. An invitation to professionals, students and image enthusiasts to exchange experiences face to face with a varied group of industry players against the incomparable backdrop of Formentera.

Since 2013, Formentera Fotogràfica has welcomed 75 leading photographers such as Alberto García Alix, Martin Parr, Joan Fontcuberta, Isabel Muñoz, Donna Ferrato, Eugenio Recuenco, Chema Madoz, Joana Biarnés, Colita, Manuel Outumuro, Samuel Aranda, Gervasio Sánchez, Antoine d’Agata, Manel Esclusa, Tino Soriano, Carlos Pérez Siquier and Cristina García Rodero.

5 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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