Born in Sant Andreu in 1900, Antoni Arissa, although relatively unknown, was one of Spain’s most outstanding 20th-century photographers. A printer by trade, he began his career in the Twenties, soon creating his own dynamic style in line with the principles of the New Vision movement. This movement embraced the combination of photographs with modern typography and graphic design to mirror the technological and industrial advances that society was experiencing. By the early Thirties, Arissa’s career was blossoming and he was at the forefront of the Spanish avant-garde movement. However, with the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, and the resulting lack of money for artistic endeavours, he was forced to give up photography, and all but disappeared into obscurity. This exhibition looks to bring Arissa’s work back to the public eye with more than 160 black and white photographs that span his short career. The works are divided into three chronological blocks: The first (1922-1928) represents his initial phase as a photographer within the trend of pictorialism. The second (1928-early 1930s), while continuing with narrative themes, also incorporates modern visual solutions. And finally, the third block (1930-1936) presents an Arissa who is fully incorporated in the ranks of avant-garde photography. This exhibition does a wonderful job in resurrecting the works of this forward-thinking artist who history nearly forgot.
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