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Virtual Exhibition

Pilar Aymerich


El goig i la revolta
Start 30/08/2020
Exhibition held from June 9 to September 16, 2012.

The photographer who would refuse to take a photo

 

Pilar Aymerich’s photographs are particularly silent and discreet, even though they are full of curiosities. They tell us about an inner life, something which merits a long conversation with the artist. So, I went to visit her at her modernist flat in the Gràcia neighbourhood in Barcelona. Its high balconies, tiled floors like multi-coloured carpets, the dolls, pictures, old machines, the jazz in the air, art books, her cats, the portraits of friends… all converged on her and expressed something to me that I would like to share with you here: the fact that her photography and her life are inseparable.

 

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1975
Photography


On 21st November 1975, the funeral for the death of Franco was held at Barcelona cathedral. It was officiated by the archbishop for the diocese Narcís Jubany, under the presidency of captain general Salvador Bañuls, the civil governor Rodolfo Martín Villa, the mayor Joaquim Viola, and the president of the Diputació Joan Antoni Samaranch.

1975
Photography


Lluís Maria Xirinacs stands in front of the Model prison in Barcelona. He went there every day, from dawn to dusk, for eighteen months – from Christmas Day 1975 to June 1977 – to demand an amnesty for the political prisoners. In his words, “I want the political prisoners to be released or for them to come and get me”. Photograph: January 1976.

1976
Photography


Catalan political groups had been working for some time to gain authorization from the government to celebrate the Diada de Catalunya (Catalan national day) for the first time since the death of the dictator. The events began at midnight on 10th September 1976 with the lowering of a Catalan flag over the façade of the College of Architects in the Plaça de la Catedral in Barcelona.

1977
Photography


Josep Tarradellas returned to Catalonia after a long period in exile, 38 years, during which time he contributed to maintaining the symbols of the Generalitat. The president embodied the republican past and the possibility of reinitiating the Catalan institutions. More than 300,000 people turned out that day, 23rd October 1977, to enthusiastically welcome him on the route from the airport to the Plaça de Sant Jaume in Barcelona. He greeted the crowd that acclaimed him with the carefully chosen words, “Citizens of Catalonia, I am here at last!”.

1977
Photography


The government led by Adolfo Suárez took the surprise step of legalizing the Partido Comunista de España (Spanish Communist Party) on Easter Saturday, 9th April 1977, in the face of tension and the opposition aroused by the communists in the political groups aligned with Francoism. The image is of the first International Worker’s Day organized by the PSUC (Partit Socialista Unificat de Catalunya) (Unified Socialist Party of Catalonia) at a campsite, La Tortuga Ligera, in June. Photograph: June 1977, Castelldefels, Barcelona.

1977
Photography


Frederica Montseny, on her first visit to Barcelona since the Spanish Civil War, attended a meeting organized by the CNT-AIT on 2nd July 1977, on Montjuïc, Barcelona, as part of the Jornades Llibertàries Internacionals. The event attracted an estimated half a million anarchists from across Europe and the whole American continent. Frederica Montseny was the first woman to become a Minister on the European continent.

1977
Photography


On 27th January 1977, funerals were held at the Concepció church in Barcelona, and were followed by a demonstration to express condolences after the attack against the labour lawyers in Madrid. A far-right group had broken into the premises in Atocha and fired shots at the lawyers and administrative staff working there, killing five people and injuring others.

1972
Photography


Ferran Planes, Joan Pagès and Joaquim Amat-Piniella: Catalans who were deported to Mauthausen, Nazi concentration camp. Montserrat Roig was interviewing three former deportees from the Nazi concentration camps and she called me to get there quickly to take a photo. When I arrived, they were sat around a table, with a tape recorder in the centre. I paced around the room. I had to leave to get some air in the street. They were describing terrible things and I just had a table with three people. As I turned a corner, I saw an open space with a wall in the background. I went back and told them I needed more light, and we needed to go outside. When we got to the wall, I asked them to stand in line as they had had to do at the camp. Their facial expressions changed immediately; I had a split second to capture the anguish. I have just one negative from that moment. Pilar Aymerich. Photograph: November 1972, Barcelona.  
Mercè Rodoreda i Gurguí, escriptora. Barcelona, 1908-Girona, 1983.
1973
Photography


She had the presence of what our parents called a Lady: a haughtiness, distance and a balanced tenderness. She was sixty-five years old and didn’t want anyone to take her photograph. Luckily, I grew gardenias on the balcony of my flat in the Eixample district, a hobby I’d learned from my father, who grew them at his home in the Carmel neighbourhood and always wore one in his buttonhole. I mentioned the difficulty of growing this flower to Mercè, and it broke the, somewhat thick, ice. From there I asked if I could take some photographs and she said yes. Pilar Aymerich. Photograph: July 1973, at her home in Carrer de Balmes, Barcelona.
Joan Oliver i Sallarés, Pere Quart, poeta. Sabadell, (Vallès Occidental), 1899 - Barcelona, 1986.
1971
Photography


Neus Català i Pallejà, diplomada en infermeria i exdeportada del camp d'extermini nazi de Ravensbrüc
1978
Photography


I took Neus to the Estació de França train station, to take the photo on a disused track. She gave me her full support. Pilar Aymerich. Photograph: February 1978, Barcelona.
Pere Calders i Russinyol, esccriptor. Barcelona, 1912-1994.
1971
Photography



1976
Photography


More than 40,000 construction workers, 90% of the workforce, went on strike from 17th to 20th February 1976 to demand nineteen improvements to working conditions, including a minimum monthly wage of 5,500 pesetas, permanent contracts and a forty-hour week. This photo shows the underground union leaders. It was almost not printed in the Triunfo magazine in order to protect their identity. In the end, it was published. Photograph: February 1976, Carrer de Ferran, Barcelona.

1979
Photography


After so many years of censorship and repression, the need to give a voice to groups who had been silenced was one of the main motivations behind the first free radio stations. The first independent radio station to broadcast across the whole of Spain was Ona Lliure, with an initial investment of 100,000 pesetas. It overcame technical and financial difficulties with a combative, positive spirit that permeated the project. Photograph: April 1979, Barcelona.
Transvestits a Barcelona.
1973
Photography


Dia Mundial del Teatre. Barcelona, març de 1976.
1976
Photography



1976
Photography


About 800 people, including teachers and families, occupied fourteen nurseries in Barcelona for ten days to demand that they be officially recognized as being an essential service, and therefore be eligible to receive grants and subsidies from the City Council and government’s Education Department. The organizers, La Coordinadora de Guarderies, popularized the slogan: ‘We want free nurseries for all’. Photograph: 1976, children take part in a demonstration at the Jardinets del Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona.
Lola Anglada i Sarriera, il·lustradora. Barcelona, 1892 - Tiana (Maresme), 1984.
1978
Photography


Joan Brossa i Cuervo, poeta, dramaturg i artista plàstic. Barcelona, 1919-1998.
1975
Photography


He didn’t want me to take photos of him in his studio because he said I would mess it up. I promised I wouldn’t touch a thing. I took my shoes off and, as I had been good, he posed doing a magic trick. Pilar Aymerich. Photograph: June 1975, at Joan Brossa’s studio on Carrer de Balmes, Barcelona.
Joan Pons i Bonet, pintor. Barcelona, 1927 - St. Paul de Vence (França), 1984.
1978
Photography


Maria Aurèlia Capmany i Farnés, escriptora. Barcelona, 1918-1991.
1971
Photography


I met Maria Aurèlia in 1962, when I started at Escola d’Art Dramàtic Adrià Gual. She wore stilettos, dressed in black, in a leather pencil skirt, and smoked Havana cigars. She was insolent and stubborn. I was seventeen and I thought I would’ve liked to have had a mother or aunt like her. I sensed that, for the first time, I had met a woman who was free, who knew who she was. Pilar Aymerich. Photograph: May 1971, Barcelona.
Antoni Tàpies i Puig, pintor. Barcelona, 1923 - 2012.
1972
Photography


Ricard Salvat i Ferré, dramaturg i assagista. Tortosa (Baix Ebre), 1934 - Barcelona, 2009.
1971
Photography


Manifestació feminista a la Rambla de Barcelona.
1977
Photography



1976
Photography


Adultery used to be a criminal offence; women could be sentenced to six years imprisonment, but men would only be punished if they were living amicably in the marital home. Women’s groups organized loud demonstrations outside the courthouses and popularized the slogan: ‘I am an adulteress too’. The feminist demands succeeded in changing the law and, on 26th May 1978, adultery was decriminalized. Photograph: 1976, demonstration at the courthouse, Barcelona.
Montserrat Roig i Fransitorra, escriptora i periodista. Barcelona, 1946-1991.
1970
Photography


Ovidi Montllor, cantautor i actor. Alcoi, 1942 - Barcelona, 1995.
1972
Photography


Manuel Vázquez Montalban, escriptor i periodista. Barcelona, 1939 - Bangkok, 2003.
1974
Photography


Joan de Sagarra i Devesa i Lluis Permanyer i Lladós. París, 1938 -- Barcelona, 1939
100
Photography






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