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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

CES presents ten-year outlook for Balearics

foto 2021 CESConsell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer and local economy and finance chief Bartomeu Escandell sat down today with representatives of the Balearic Islands’ Economic and Social Council (CES) for a presentation of the CES’s Horitzó 2030, a report on the regional outlook in the decade ahead.

CES speaker Rafel Ballesteros said the Balearic government’s 2017 commissioning of the report involved asking experts to pinpoint areas of study key to understanding the region’s current trajectory. Four-hundred forty-four proposals from 58 experts were debated and voted on, ultimately providing the basis for the study. The goal of the report? “To make the Balearic Islands the benchmark in terms of tourism quality, new talent, competitiveness in the international arena and excellence in environmental sustainability, social inclusion, quality employment and progressive land-use policies.”

President Ferrer expressed her satisfaction because “in sustainability, vehicle and overnight-stay capacity, agriculture, local production and more, work has already begun on many of the study’s proposals”. “We need to try to set ourselves apart and become more competitive by defending, individually, what makes us different in terms of environment, heritage and culture”, she agreed. “And, of course, continue working toward sustainability and zero waste and combating climate change.”

Finally, the president highlighted challenges and work yet to be done in multiple areas, housing, education, health and science among them. She added that the coronavirus crisis has thrown into relief the fact that the path forward will involve “collaboration, coordination and solidarity; cohesive but different islands; with a circular economy and an egalitarian society”.

4 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Women’s Charity Walk-Run to take place 30 May

foto 2021 carrera solidariaThe seventh Women’s Charity Walk-Run (Cursa Solidària per a la Dona) will be held on 30 May on a single 8km route from Sant Francesc to Can Marroig and back again. Runners will set out from the Plaça de la Constitució at 9.00am, while the start of the walk is set for 10.45am.

The €10 registration fee can be paid by credit card at the front desk of Antoni Blanc Sports Centre during normal hours. Registration dues include a T-shirt and bib number (dorsal), which must be worn during the race. Participation in each event is capped at 150, but individuals can also contribute by purchasing a dorsal solidari. All proceeds go to the Spanish Cancer Association (AECC).

4 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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