BARCELONA – Love comes under the spotlight at a documentary photography festival that started in the northeastern Spanish city of Barcelona on Thursday, exhibiting more 100 featured artists across 23 exhibitions.
Love is celebrated in all its manifestations at the vast photography festival, DOCfield, which includes seven official exhibitions on a route that crosses the city from north to south, 16 shows in guest venues and special events including guided tours and meet and greets with the photographers.
“We set out to reflect on love – not its purely romantic expression – but love as an excuse to explore the relations and origins of the bonds between individuals and communities; love as a condition, its effects and relation with certain social issues,” Silvia Omedes, director of the Photographic Social Vision Foundation said.
“Romantic love is not the only manifestation of love, neither is love the only means of showing affection,” added Helena Velez, the creative director of the festival.
The theme for this year’s festival emerged after a survey of organizers conducted last year revealed punters were keen to see works that explored themes around personal relationships.
Highlights of the 2018 edition include an Isadora Kosofy exhibit about the tumultuous relationship between three older people; a Nancy Borowick show that delves into the impact a cancer diagnosis had on her parents’ relationship; an Olivia Harris project documenting how Irish abortion laws affected people and a harrowing story by Heba Khamis about young girls in Cameroon who forcibly had their breasts flattened with irons to make them less likely targets of sexual abuse.
DOCfield Barcelona runs until Dec. 9, the festival’s website gives full details of all venues and the DocField route.