Survey Barcelona

Survey Barcelona. Una mirada fotográfica sobre les transformacions de la cuita, 2015 – 2023

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Commissioned by the Barcelona City Council and curated by Adrià Goula, this photographic survey offers a choral gaze at Barcelona and the different urban transformations that have taken place here in recent years. The curator’s objective has been to generate an overall image by distributing it in numerous projects of different scale and typology: from large interventions in public spaces, facilities or public housing, to small interventions in the remodeling of streets or squares.

In order to generate a homogeneous document that coherently brings together all the most relevant aspects of these new contributions to the city, the urban transformations were divided into a series of layers, each of which was assigned to a photographer. In this way, each author had the opportunity to build her own perspective on the whole of the city (and not just on a part), but limited to the field that has been assigned to her.

In order to be exhaustive with a place—and to have to represent it at different scales and points of view—the photographers have delved into a specific layer throughout the entire city, which, in the curator’s opinion, distances the project from the traditional way of carrying out this type of photographic missions, which tend to to distribute the photographers by zones.

The result is a patchwork of photographic interpretations: the general organization of the parks and the new green areas were photographed by Milena Villalba; the remodeling of streets and the greening of more mineral areas by Pedro Pegenaute; the elements of the public spaces and the interaction with people by Andrés Flajszer; the public space at night by Aitor Estévez; bird’s eye views by Jon Tugores; green in detail by Simona Rota; the biodiversity by Xavi Bou with Joan Diví; the residential buildings and public facilities and the relationship with the city by Adrià Goula; the interiors of public equipments and public spaces by Pol Viladoms, and the personlisation of the interiors of the public housing by their users by Maite Caramés.

The set of images can be arranged in two ways, corresponding to the two volumes of the book: a first volume titled MIRADES (Perspectives), with a selection of photographs by each photographer with the title of the layer she worked at. And, a second volume titled PROJECTES (Projects), where the interventions carried out are presented one by one through the overlapping views of the 10 photographers.

Survey Barcelona is at the same time a photographic archive of the recent urban transformations in the city of Barcelona and it’s available on-line HERE.

Commissioned and edited by: Barcelona City Council

Curated by: Adrià Goula

Texts Volume 1 by: Valentín Roma and Adrià Goula

Texts Volume 2 by: Xavier Montilla, Eva Franch, Margarita Jover, Carme Pinós, Janet Sanz

ISBN:  978-84-9156-477-5 Vol 1 Mirades; 978-84-9156-478-2 Vol II Projectes; 978-84-9156-462-1 Entire book