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Current Exhibitions

Paolo Verzone - Open Air Photography
Clervaux - Cité de l'image (LUXEMBOURG)
From 2020-09-25 to 2021-09-24

Hugues de Wurstemberger - Pauline et Pierre
From 2021-01-21 to 2021-06-30

Israel Ariño - Variations on the gravity of places
Sala Municipal d’Exposicions (SPAIN)
From 2021-02-26 to 2021-03-21


Juan Manuel Castro Prieto

Centro de Arte Alcobendas
Calle de Mariano Sebastian Izuel, n°9
28100 Madrid (SPAIN)

From 2019-05-22 to 2019-08-24

• Free admission
Within the scope of PHotoESPAÑA Festival, Juan Manuel Castro Prieto and Rafael Trapiello present the exhibition Solovki, from May 22 to August 24 at the Centro de Arte Alcobendas (Madrid).

In mid-White Sea, Solovki is the main island of Solovetsky archipelago (Russia). The Orthodox complex of Solovetsky monastery, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, is located on the most preserved area of the island, on the shores of a natural harbor.
Last but not least, Solovki also was a Soviet jail. According to Alexandre Soljenitsyne, it has been the mother Gulag, this dreadful Soviet prison system of labor camps. Effective from 1924 to 1939, it has been used as the basis for all of other jails.
Nowadays islanders, monks and authorities try to burry this tragic past.
Yet, places have a memory and it is still engraved in inhabitants’ life. It is present in their everyday life and one cannot escape history that easily. The fact that Solovki is an island right in the middle of the White Sea – named this way as it freezes half of the year – accentuates the recollection of the prison in the collective unconscious. Only one plane a week – if weather conditions are good enough - link the archipelago to the continent.
By using a narrative form closer to poetry than documentary, Juan Manuel Castro Prieto and Rafael Trapiello explored this territory between hell and heaven : their images are obsessed by an odd tension between spirituality, the beauty of landscapes and this awful past carrying a lot of weight.

Photo : © Juan Manuel Castro Prieto / VU'

Exhibitions catalog

Monographic exhibitions

Albert & Verzone
Bacigalupo Martina
Bouda Ferhat
Boudjelal Bruno
Brault Philippe
Castro Prieto Juan Manuel
Chapin Jean-Luc
Chivet Sophie
Coulange Olivier
Dailleux Denis
Darzacq Denis
Delpoux Dominique
Descamps Bernard
Deschamps Pierre-Olivier
Desprez Bertrand
Doury Claudine
Duroy Stéphane
Eshraghi Isabelle
Flore Maia
Fontaine François
Gomez Rovira Rodrigo
Goussard Christophe
Grignet Brigitte
Guigui Stanislas
Hock Marin
Hopkins Rip
Huguier Françoise
Hyytiäinen Arja
Iuncker Steeve
Lambert Yvon
Landry Amélie
Lecloux Frédéric
Lekfeldt Thomas
Mirguet Olivier
Navia José Manuel
Nejmi Malik
Pauquet Claude
Picard Fabrice
Picard Serge
Pierrot Emmanuel
Propeck Agnès
Rearick Anne
Rondeau Gérard
Sauveur David
Sutkus Antanas
Taberna Patrick
ten Hoopen Pieter
Terré Ricard
Tillim Guy
Tunbjörk Lars
Van Denderen Ad
Vanden Eeckhoudt Michel
Wasif Munem
Winship Vanessa
Yankang Yang
Zuili Guillaume

Collective Exhibitions

  • Vu' by Robert Delpire
  • Full Size Nature
  • VU' in Paris
  • European Works

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