The Museum of Mimara will be from 1. to 31. December 2016. host the exhibition "Miguel de Cervantes or the wish for life" jointly organized by the Spanish Cultural Action (AC / E), the Cervantes Institute and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) to mark 400. the anniversary of the death of this great writer.
The project was designed and realized by photographer Jose Manuel Navia; he uses 34 photography as a visual journey to the places and paths passed by Miguel de Cervantes during his troubled and insecure life, which in a certain way and with the dose of mysteriousness he reflected in his works.
At this exhibition, which will be able to visit 31. December 2016., Navia went from the very act of photographing the main points of life associated with Miguel de Cervantes, that is, from the traces of his life, in a subjective and evocative way, so that the final result is not another collection of photographs of different places than photographic a series that will shape the personal vision of a single traveler, striving for the Cervantes territory, both literary and the actual, through photography to do with ours, ie ours.
The total 34 photos that make up the exhibition are accompanied by texts and literary quotations that link them to the writer's life as well as his works. Alcalá de Henares, Valladolid, Madrid, Naples, Lepant, Tunis, Algeria, Oran, Lisbon, Esquivias, Toledo, La Mancha, Andalusia and Barcelona are among the places on the lifeblood of Miguel de Cervantes.
"I wanted to photograph the same life stage for this exhibition, where Miguel de Cervantes spent so many times with his own character, Don Quixote, and where he imagined many of his characters; roads and places that cover much of the Pyrenean peninsula and part of the Mediterranean world: Italy, Greece, Tunisia, Algeria ..., always focusing attention on ordinary people and places away from power centers. One can say about Cervantes what he himself put in the mouth of his character, the license of Glassman: I'm not for the palace and for the palace, I am fearful and I do not dare to cheat, "explains the author.
Navia argues that it was a challenge for him once more to unreservedly face the difficult and exciting relationship between picture and word, photography and literature, always starting from the importance that a photographer attaches to the idea of a trace in the face of the aura idea, ie to seek that revelation or "The proximity of the proximity, no matter how far it may be, what he left behind, as Walter Benjamin said." "Miguel de Cervantes or the desire for life" is prepared in a customizable format that allows it to be simultaneously set up in different cities. Thus, after her first appearance at the "Cervantes Institute" in Madrid she was exhibited in many Spanish cities, in several centers of the "Cervantes Institute" and in many AECID cultural centers abroad.
Photographer José Manuel Navia was born in Madrid 1957. years.
His photojournalist's work gradually gave way to a more intimate and carefully-conceived photo, always in color and documentary background. It is obsessed with the power of the meaning of photography and its relation to literature and word.
During 2014. and 2015. he worked exclusively on the preparation of this exhibition and on the book "Miguel de Cervantes or the desire to live".
The book "Nóstos" has released 2013. in the edition of "Ediciones Anómalas" ("PhotoEspaña" 2014.), thus continuing the line of his most intimate work, which began with the project "Monthly Traces: The Luphoons" (publisher La Fábrica, 2001 and 2008.).
He also published works in collective books and exhibitions: "Vu'15 ans"; "Travel to Madrid"; "Sahara, just a desert"; "Ten Views"; "100 Spanish Photographers", "Vizura Morocco" and many other publications.