Ana Galan – V I V ( R ) E L A V I E !
Book Title: V I V ( R ) E L A V I E !
Printed Material / Technique: Digital Photography / Offset Digital Print Print Run
Edition Size: 20 copies (dummies)
Format: 15,2 cm x 21,9 cm Natural (Closed)
Cover: Photo on cover + Photo on back. Paper: Coated matte 135 grs./m2 Finish: Plastified Polypropylene Dry Matte 1/side
Interior: 68 pages Paper: Coated matte 135 grs./m2
Binding: Special “Dutch” binding sewn with vegetable thread. Spine in grey pearl without printing. Cut to size.
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Book Description: V I V ( R ) E L A V I E ! (“Vivre la vie !” and “Vive la vie !”; “Enjoy life !” and “Hurray for life !”). I have always had a feeling that arriving to a certain age, we become invisible towards ourselves and towards the rest of the people. But life does not stop until we are dead. The photography series Viv(r)e la Vie! and this photobook are a homage to people that have decided not to become invisible, to people that live life “in the moment”. Surrounded by their friends, by their husbands or wives, by their relatives, by their boyfriends or girlfriends…
Viv(r)e la vie! Is a photographic typology of couples that meet in order to dance. Photographs of couples in profile with a landscape of a countryside in the background, of perennial trees in three planes; landscape representing the power of vital force, of immortality. Couples of a certain age, people barely seen socially, but who have not stopped living life fully and whose close relation is photographed in the outing dances of their area. The photographs give visibility to people that, for a certain time, have lacked such visibility, and at the same time documents the cultural diversity that exists between different cities and countries.
I began the series Viv(r)e la Vie! in Guadalajara, Spain, with the idea of putting together new series of couples in different cities around the world. The second series of “Viv(r)e la Vie!” was developed in the American city of Philadelphia in June 2011 thanks to an artist residency I was granted by the Philadelphia Art Hotel and the third in June 2012 in Finland thanks to a residency granted by the Arteles Creative Center. The fourth series of this project was produced in November 2012 in Philippines thanks to a residency granted by the Balay Kalamragan IAR program.
It is possible to enjoy life also in a mature age. This photobook is an ode to life. To living life fully. To the people that are reaching a mature age, but remain active.
Biography: Ana Galan (Madrid, Spain) holds a degree in Economics, an International MBA and an MFA in Photography from EFTI, Madrid, Spain and has attended workshops with Pierre Gonnord, Peter Bialobrzeski, Lynne Cohen, Matt Siber and Alejandro Castellote. She has been finalist in competitions such as The Print Center’s 86th Annual International Competition: Photography 2012 juried by Jennifer Blessing, Curator of Photography, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, at Descubrimientos PHotoEspaña, Madrid, Spain, in 2010 and also in 2011, at Encontros da Imagem, Braga, Portugal, in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, at CENTER in Santa Fe, NM: Dealer’s Choice Award 2011 juried by Dianne Vanderlip, Curator, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, and Editor’s Choice Award 2011 juried by Todd James, Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine, and at The Center for Fine Art Photography, CO, Portrais juried by Anna Walker Skillman of Jackson Fine Art and Director’s Honorable Mention. Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries, international photography festivals and exhibitions in France, Italy, India, Spain, Portugal, Finland and the USA.
She has completed artist residencies in Philadelphia, PA, in Hämeenkyrö in Finland, and in Balay Kalamragan in the Philippines. Her work is collected in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF) in Paris, France, and in the USA in CENTER in Santa Fe, NM, in the Philadelphia Art Hotel, Philadelphia, PA and in The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO.