Jersey City, New York
Sant Jordi USA
Photographic Exhibition – April 22:
Doors open at 6pm – Talk Back: 7:00 pm
Under the Light of the Sea (Sota la llum del mar)
by Espe Pons
Sota la Llum de Mar’ is a photographic essay that aims to dignify each and every one of the victims of Francoism in the Spain of the civil war and postwar eras. The project is based on the story of my grandfather’s little brother, Tomás Pons Albesa, who was shot at Camp de la Bota in Barcelona in 1941, at the age of 31. I started an investigation that led me to travel to the places where Tomás spent the last moments of his life. Tracing his presence in the documents of the time, I build a new story reminiscent of a past that is present through of the landscape but also in its lights and shadows.
Texts of the work by Cynhtia Young, Curator of the Robert Capa Archive at the International Center of Photography, New York, and Vicenç Altaió Writer, Poet and Essayist.
International Photo Festival
Book Presentation Sota la llum del mar
Saturday 2nd October
Teatre Art i Joia
Espe Pons & Vicenç Altaió
Castell de Montjuic, Barcelona
Solo Exhibition Sota la llum del mar
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona
The silenced death: mass graves
On June 16, 2021, we invite you to take part in the second of two sessions discussing the social effects of war conflicts. The session on The silenced death: mass graves will discuss the topic of mass graves, with participation from Víctor Fernández, cultural journalist specialised in investigating the remains of Federico Garcia Lorca; Espe Pons, artist, photographer and author of the photo essay Under the light of the sea, on the victims of the Franco era; and Juli Cuéllar, historian from the General Directorate of Democratic Memory.
Moderator: Pepe Serra, Director of the Museu Nacional.
18/07/2020 – 22/11/2020
Museu Palau Solterra, Torroella de Montgrí
The exhibition Under the Light of the Sea by the Catalan photographer Espe Pons (Barcelona, 1973) is a photo essay that endeavours to honour all the victims of the Franco regime during the civil war and post-war periods in Spain. The project is based on the story of the photographer’s grandfather’s youngest brother, Tomàs Pons Albesa, who was shot at Camp de la Bota in Barcelona in 1941, aged 31.
The artist has visited the places that Tomàs Pons Albesa was in during the last days of his life and has collected contemporaneous information relating to the case in order to be able to reconstruct the story, which until now has been fragmentary.
In this exhibition combining contemporary photography and documentary evidence from the past, Espe Pons builds a new narrative that evokes a past that is made present to us via a landscape freighted with light and shadow.