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Joan Fontcuberta: Stranger Than Fiction

Discover Fontcuberta's photographic images in his first major UK exhibition.

23 July – 9 November 2014
Media Space Gallery
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This summer our Media Space gallery will host Joan Fontcuberta's first major UK exhibition featuring six conceptually independent narratives which mix fact with fiction and science with art.

“Photography is a tool to negotiate our idea of reality. Thus it is the responsibility of photographers to not contribute with anaesthetic images but rather to provide images that shake consciousness.”
–  Joan Fontcuberta

Winner of the 2013 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, Fontcuberta uses the storytelling capabilities of photographic imagery to create a reality that is convincing, mischievous and visually compelling.

“The way he pulls the rug out from under our cognitive feet continues to be amusing and philosophically intriguing.”
– The New York Times, on Joan Fontcuberta’s Constellations

You can find out more about the exhibition's narratives - Fauna, Herbarium, Orogenesis, Constellations, Sirens and Karelia - in the image gallery below.

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  • The curious creatures of the mysterious Prof Peter Ameisenhaufen’s lost archive are featured in the Fauna series.
    Credits : Cercophitecus Icarocornu from the Fauna series by Joan Fontcuberta and Pere Formiguera, 1985. © Joan Fontcuberta and Pere Formiguera
  • The Herbarium series features beautiful and eye-opening photographs of rare plant species.
    Credits : Braohypoda Frustrata from the Herbarium series by Joan Fontcuberta, 1984. © Joan Fontcuberta
  • Contemporary artistic landscapes are brought to vivid life by Fontcuberta with the computer language of geographers in the Orogenesis series.
    Credits : Watkins, 2004 from the Orogenesis series by Joan Fontcuberta. © Joan Fontcuberta
  • In Mu Draconis Fontcuberta creates magnificent images of starry skies that invite consideration of our relationship with pictures and what they represent.
    Credits : Mu Draconis (Mags 5.7 5.7) from the Constellations series by Joan Fontcuberta. © Joan Fontcuberta
  • Documentary photos of astonishing fossil discoveries that could show the evolutionary link between fish and man are featured in the Sirens series.
    Credits : Hydropithecus of Cerro de San Vicente, from the Sirens series by Joan Fontcuberta, 2006. © Joan Fontcuberta
  • The Karelia series features Fontcuberta’s exposé of a Finnish monastery where it is said monks learn how to perform miracles.
    Credits : The Miracle of Dolphin-Surfing, 2002, Joan Fontcuberta. © Joan Fontcuberta

Trailer for Stranger Than Fiction

Find out the inspiration behind Fontcuberta's incredible fictions

Stranger Than Fiction is presented in collaboration with the Government of Catalonia, organiser of the Catalan Tercentenary programme.

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About the exhibition

Floor: 2
Price: Adults: £8.00 Concessions: £5.00