“It’s been 17 years since I left my homeland.”
This thought was the catalyst for a personal journey; photographing events and places all around Spain that bring people together and help define the country’s personality.
Some of the scenes in ‘Tierra Santa’ are beautiful, joyful and full of colour, while others feel more raw and dark. All of them recall a collective past that has defined the country’s identity for centuries. There are implicit themes here; my search for a sense of belonging, which mirrors that of the people I photograph; the quest for faith, which is often depicted in a very rich iconography and a sense of regional pride.
Ultimately, this is a personal endeavour to reconnect with roots that are gradually eroding.
When: 6.00pm Thursday 2 May
Where: Instituto Cervantes Sydney, 3/299-305 Sussex St, Sydney NSW 2000
Topic: 'The photographer's view' with Guillermo Ibáñez (Spain), Roger Grasas (Spain) and Louise Whelan (Australia),a panel discussion organized in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes de Sídney. The photographers will discuss their vision through images of people and landscapes.
When: 12.00pm Tuesday 7 May
Where: Festival Hub, Paddington Town Hall, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021
Guillermo Ibáñez's exhibition and visit to Head On Photo Festival 2019 is supported by
Free artist talk:
When: 12pm Tuesday 7 May
Where: Festival Hub, Paddington Town Hall