WE ARE FAMILY!
Luis Cobelo, Kovi Konowiecki, Bharat Sikka, Elena Anosova, Andrea Gjestvang, Lionel Jusseret
July 2nd - August 14th, 2021
Opening: Thursday July 1st (17 - 20 h)
We Are Family! is a group exhibition, focused on exploring what the Others are like, those who either do not resemble us or that live among us but we do not pay them enough attention, which collects the first, six visual essays presented in the Salut au Monde! program, presented by six international photographers: Elena Anosova, Andrea Gjestvang, Luis Cobelo, Bharat Sikka, Lionel Jusseret, and Kovi Konowiecki. At a time when identititarianism and nationalism are growing around the world, and it seems that we are less and less capable of relating to those other than ourselves, We Are Family! wants to show that we are part of the same family and, as the motto of Salut au monde! says, “celebrate diversity and embrace difference”.
We Are Family! pays tribute to one of the most successful exhibitions in the history of photography, The Family of Man, updating the foundations upon which the latter was articulated. Thus, all the projects included in this exhibition have been made by photographers who come from the geographical, affective and / or cultural environment of the issues they address in their images. But, as happened in the mythical MOMA exhibition, We Are Family! also allows us to travel to different parts of the world and show what daily life is like, in contexts as diverse as the California desert, the Russian steppes, the mountains of Kashmir, in India, or a small city next to the Caribbean Sea that was the scene of one of the most beautiful stories in 20th century literature. On other occasions, without needing to go too far from home, we can discover groups that live among us but whom are almost completely unknown to us or directly ignored by us: asylum seekers, migrants or people with autism or mental disorders.
We Are Family! is a travelling exhibition that is curated by Pablo Berástegui, head and curator of the Salut au monde! Program. The exhibition that we present is the smallest version of the possible ones. Larger versions shall travel travel through Portugal (Lisbon, L format, in October 2020) and Spain (Avilés, XL format, in 2022) in the coming months.
Face to the surge of all sorts of identitarianisms and nationalisms, the exhibition wishes to celebrate diversity and embrace difference