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Pottery students show work

cartell 2021 expo ceramicaThe Formentera Department of Culture reports that on Monday 22 February, participants in Silvini Jobani’s pottery course will pull back the curtain on an exhibition of their work. Ten students in all will display their personal creations in the “Ajuntament Vell” gallery until Saturday 27 February.

With pieces in the display grouped by form rather than by creator, visitors to this year’s show will be able to appreciate the range of techniques that came into play as students worked.

Tribute to Remedios Castillo
Jobani and her students have prepared a tribute to local potter Remedios Castillo, who died on 27 January, with an evolving selection of images programmed for evening projections.

One of pottery’s leading proponents on the island, Castillo had a dedication that stoked a passion for the craft in many Formentera natives. Later, Silvia Jobani, Castillo’s one-time student, would run the workshop alongside her former teacher for many years.

The exhibition is on view Monday to Saturday from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm and closed Sundays and Monday mornings.

19 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Beni Trutmann photo contest turns 18

cartell 2021 beni trutmannThe Formentera Department of Culture announces that now through 12 April, submissions will be accepted for the Beni Trutmann photography contest, a mythical local rendezvous that celebrates its 18th year in 2021.

The contest is a tribute to the distinguished Swiss photographer who called Formentera home for 44 years and left a library of over 30,000 prints illuminating his love for the island and for its natural beauty. For that very reason and in the spirit of Trutmann’s commitment to the environment, nature in all its forms, from flora and fauna to landscapes and humans’ place in the outdoors, commands the contest’s starring role.

Colour / Black & White
In the Colour and Black & White categories, participants can submit up to three prints (analog or digital) in square, digital, classic and panorama format. Contestants must state which prize —first, second or third, with cash prizes of €500, €300 and €200, respectively— they wish to compete for.

Political engagement
Although a relatively recent addition, the Fotodenúncia category —for photography that is political in nature, seeking to denounce injustices, demand change or encourage reflection on a particular environmental issue— has established itself as a key part of the Beni Trutmann contest. Cash prizes for the first-, second- and third-place winners are €500, €300 and €200, respectively.

Submissions to the Colour, Black & White and Fotodenúncia categories can be made in person at the Citizen’s Information Office (OAC) or by certified mail to Consell Insular de Formentera (Plaça de la Constitució, 1 | 07860 Sant Francesc) until 12 April 2021.

Smart shots
Tuned for youth aged 12 to 18, another category that has become wildly popular is for photographs taken with smartphones. These submissions must be sent before the end of the day on 12 April 2020 to concursfoto@conselldeformentera.cat. Contestants are asked to include no more than three photos taken with their smartphone.

A panel of judges will be made up of a spokesperson from the local chapter of the Balearic Association for Ornithology and the Defence of Nature (GEN-GOB); a representative of the local chapter of Obra Cultural Balear; three individuals renowned for their work in the visual arts; plus a speaker and secretary.

Winning submissions will be included in the Formentera Image and Sound Archive, the AISF, and become property of the Council, which reserves the right to reproduce them as it deems fit (on posters, signs, internet-based campaigns, etc), though not for profit.

In its 18 years, the Beni Trutmann competition has amassed a valuable archive of roughly 1,200 photos from 300 participants. No better proof of the contest's growth can be found than the participation of photographers from as far away as mainland Spain and other countries in Europe.

With the contest’s 2020 edition suspended following the declaration of emergency orders, councillor of culture Susana Labrador encouraged amateurs and pros alike to take part in Beni Trutmann 2021: “Given Covid-related restrictions, it’s been suggested we spend time outside and enjoy the island’s natural spaces, so get out there and show us your best!”

Exhibition and awards ceremony
To crown the contest's 18th edition, from Monday, 4 May, a selection of some fifty photos will be displayed in the Ajuntament Vell municipal gallery, and during a special ceremony selected photographers will receive their prizes. The exhibition will continue through 15 May. For more information and to see submission conditions, visit the Consell de Formentera website.

18 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Partnership with OCB aims to build on Formentera’s cultural capital

foto 2021 conveni OCVConsell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer sat down with Joan Francesc Ferrer, treasurer of Obra Cultura Balear-Formentera, and local culture chief Susana Labrador to sign a collaborative agreement on culture and heritage for the year 2021.

The Consell will sponsor up to €9,000 of the OCB’s programming, which this year will centre on ‘Primavera de Cultura’ (Cultural Spring) and other events for the feast day of Sant Jordi. All activities will be held in compliance with restrictions stemming from the Covid crisis.

As a respected cultural entity, the civic organisation additionally pledges to publish material to foment culture and the island’s historical and natural heritage, plus offer consulting and steer research projects.

The group will also publish work designed to foment culture and the island’s historical and natural heritage, not to mention, as a respected cultural entity, serve advisory functions and perform research.

The agreement is signed annually and aims to build on Formentera’s cultural capital in 2021.

17 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera welcomes «L’art de la taula periòdica»

cartell 2021 taula periodicaThe Formentera Culture Department reports that Monday 8 February will mark the unveiling of L’art de la taula periòdica: Les dones i els seus elements—a celebration of female scientists’ contributions to the periodic table of elements that comes to life against the work of 32 painters from the Balearic Islands.

The project underscores the periodic table’s harmony and beauty while simultaneously ringing as an ode to the many female scientists who have contributed to our knowledge about the chemical elements and the table’s current configuration.

Often pieces started out as a text about the table itself or the discoverers of some element in particular before being transmogrified at the hands of the show’s contributing artists, some relative rookies, others old hands on the art scene. The exhibit is meant to serve as a sort of meeting place, a highly nuanced spectacle counterposing techniques, styles and colours which, together, offer a survey of art in the Balearics.

Travelling show
Initially conceived by the University of the Balearic Islands chemistry department and the Balearic Islands’ College and Association of Chemists to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the table’s appearance, the show has now been seen by audiences across the archipelago.

The “Ajuntament Vell” exhibition space welcomes visitors to L’art de la taula periòdica: Les dones i els seus elements 8–20 February (Monday to Saturday) from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

5 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

‘Ajuntament Vell’ gallery prepares for next week’s unveiling of “Autoretratos”

cartell 2021 steinmeyerThe Formentera Culture Department reports that from Monday 1 February, the municipal exhibition space will welcome Autoretratos, a new display of work by Christoph Steinmeyer.

The German artist’s work over the last decade has been described as “hyperrealist”.

A series of five outsize self-portraits fashioned here on the island over the last three months, the show constitutes new territory and a turning point in Steinmeyer’s career.

Steinmeyer’s art hangs in galleries in Europe and North America, and he has displayed his work in public institutions around the globe.

Autoretratos will be on view Monday to Saturday (1–6 February) from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 7.00pm to 9.00pm. With the island’s passage to Enhanced Tier 4 of public health alert, capacity at “Ajuntament Vell” will be limited to five people and visitors must wear masks, respect distancing rules and wash hands.

29 January 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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