ARLES “LA MOVIDA, 1978 — 1988” 1 july – 22 september 2019. Les Rencontres de la Photographie. Palais de L’Archevêché.

This exhibition brings together the work of four photographers from La Movida: Alberto García-Alix (1956), Ouka Leele (1957), Pablo Pérez-Minguez (1946-2012), Miguel Trillo (1953)

La Movida is one of the most remarkable and spontaneous movements to arise out of contemporary culture in Spain. It took place in Madrid, mainly, at the beginning of the 1980s. After several decades of dictatorship and ostracism, Spain’s transition involved a new generation fascinated by modernity and new ideas, which arrived via artists in diverse domains: music, fashion, cinema, painting, and photography. La Movida was a highly publicized phenomenon from the beginning, one that established a myth. Perhaps the allure of the Madrid Movida, as some of its leading figures claim, can be accounted for as an era in which people encountered each other—or in the words of Pérez-Minguez: “whenever three people share a desire to do something together, a movida is born.” The four artists presented here were an undeniable part of the movement. They lived it, met up with each other, and each in their own way chronicled it.

Exhibition curators: Antoine de Beaupré, Pepe Font de Mora, Irene de Mendoza.
With the cooperation of Adolfo Autric.

Palais de L’Archevêché. PL de la République, 13200 Arles

Image: Pablo Pérez-Mínguez “Alaska, Pedro y Fabio”  1979-1985. Courtesy of the artist and VEGAP