##24/7 Valencia: Could you tell us more about exhibitions in ‘Bomba Gens’ in 2021?

‘BOMBAS GENS’: A few days before the start of the new year, Bombas Gens has already defined the exhibition programme it will offer in 2021. If the health crisis does not prevent it, ‘Bomba Gens’ plans to show two individual exhibitions of the artists Juan Uslé and Irma Blank, and a collective exhibition of documentary photography from the Per Amor a l’Art Collection.

The three exhibitions will be accompanied by the publication of a catalogue in order to promote their diffusion.


The first of them, Juan Uslé. Ojo y paisaje, will be inaugurated on February 12. This exhibition, curated by Nuria Enguita and Vicent Todolí, presents a selection of works by the artist from the late 1980s – with expressionist, abstract landscapes and strong brushstrokes – to a sample of the series Soñé que Revelabas, with works produced in the last ten years.

It will be a unique opportunity to contemplate an exceptional body of work that spans forty years of his career and travels through different stages of Uslé’s work.

Juan Uslé (Santander, 1954) is one of the most internationally recognized Spanish artists and was awarded the National Prize of Plastic Arts of the Ministry of Culture in 2002. His exhibition at Bombas Gens was born from the study of Uslé’s works belonging to the Per Amor a l’Art Collection, which in this way continues to support his artists through individual exhibitions and publications of his career.


One of the highlights of the programme will arrive in spring: a new collective exhibition of the Per Amor a l’Art Collection, which on this occasion puts the focus on documentary photography.

Curated by Julia Castelló, Sandra Guimarães and Vicent Todolí, this exhibition aims to revise the concept of “documentary style” as defined by Olivier Lugon: understanding the document as a form (and even as an aesthetic). This “style” would be founded by Walker Evans and would have a great influence on all photography since the 1930s.

At first, this type of photography was understood as something related to reporting, to photojournalism, but it was soon affected by the need to experiment with the language of photography, as Lee Friedlander or Garry Winogrand would do.

These authors used seriality to reflect the reality of the society around them. But this seriality can also be related to the need to classify in order to understand similarities and differences in structure and appearance, as Bernd and Hilla Becher or David Goldblatt would do in the seventies, and Tod Papageorge and Anthony Hernández in the eighties in colour.

This exhibition once again highlights the importance of research in Bombas Gens’ program. In addition to those mentioned, it will include artists such as Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Helen Levitt, Louis Faurer, Susan Meiselas, Edward Rusha or Xavier Ribas, among others.

Following the line of research, the second of the individual exhibitions programmed by Bombas Gens will arrive in autumn, dedicated to the artist Irma Blank (Celle, Germany, 1934 – lives and works in Milan).

Curated by Johanna Carrier, Joana Neves and Sandra Guimarães, this exhibition is part of a tour through different international institutions (Culturgest, Lisbon; MAMCO, Genoa; CAPC, Bordeaux; CCA, Tel Aviv; ICA, Milan and Museo Villa Dei Cedri, Bellinzona) where the work of the artist Irma Blank is presented from different points of view: from her first works with the series Eigenschriften (1968) to the most recent one, Gehen (2017).

Through different forms and connotations, all her work is developed from the relationships produced between writing with drawing and painting. However, the lines and signs represented by the artist are stripped of the meaning associated with language, giving them their own radical value, not linked to understanding or comprehension.

Designed especially for the Bombas Gens space, this exhibition will be one of the most extensive on Blank’s career and will be a unique opportunity to discover and deepen the work of one of the most idiosyncratic artists of our time.

Interview by 24/7 Valencia team
Photo: David Goldblatt, While in traffic, 1967. Colección Per Amor a l’Art © David Goldblatt

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