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The Oblique Gaze and Visual Narration
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Joaquim Gomis was a businessman, photographer, patron of the arts and the first president of the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona (1972-1975). For over five decades his photographic output was prodigious and had close links with the ground-breaking currents of the time. He was a founder of ADLAN (Friends of the New Art, 1932-1936) and of Club 49 (1949-1971), two of the most active groups supporting avant-garde art in Catalonia between 1930 and 1970.
The book is divided into two sections. The Oblique Gaze shows the photographer’s output from 1922 to 1939, a period in which Gomis produced innovative, pioneering work that was in advance of the New Vision theoreticians and is important for an understanding of modern photography in Spain and in Europe. A large number of these photographs were taken during his visits to centres of art in Europe and the United States, such as New York, Paris, Prague and Barcelona. In the second section –Visual Narration– we see how in the 1940s Gomis began to systematically use series of photographs as an analytical method of working that was to culminate in the photoscopes, a publishing project in conjunction with Joan Prats that lasted for several decades. For this book we have selected the most representative photoscopes that provide a broad view of Gomis’ interests, such as Eucaliptus, the ones on the human body, Barcelona, Atmósfera Miró, Gaudí, Ibiza fuerte y luminosa and Artesanía.
Joaquim Gomis was one of the pioneering photographers in the use of the language of the New Vision. Over several decades his output was prodigious, executed in rigorous fashion and employing many of the advancements of his time, with the result that his photographs still astonish us today.
Despite the various publications and exhibitions relating to Joaquim Gomis, there are aspects of his work that are still unknown or have only been briefly studied. The quality of his photographs and their very varied subject matter make it impossible to sum up his vision in a single exhibition or publication.
Joaquim Gomis: from the Oblique Gaze to Visual Narration supplements the show I curated in 2002, also for the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona. Through its different sections
–The Modern View; Form, A Road to Abstraction; The Fragmented Body; Convulsive Beauty; The Poetry of Objects; Fotoscop, the Visual Language; The Humanist Landscape; Informalist Colour– that earlier exhibition showed the photographer’s connection with the themes and aesthetics of photography and the avant-garde in the last century.