Edition 2019



This exhibition brings together the work of four photographers from La Movida, one of the most remarkable and spontaneous movements to arise out of contemporary culture in Spain. It took place in Madrid, mainly, at the beginning of the 1980s. After several decades of dictatorship and ostracism, Spain’s transition involved a new generation fascinated by modernity and new ideas, which arrived via artists in diverse domains: music, fashion, cinema, painting, and photography. La Movida was a highly publicized phenomenon from the beginning, one that established a myth. Perhaps the allure of the Madrid Movida, as some of its leading figures claim, can be accounted for as an era in which people encountered each other—or in the words of Pérez-Minguez: “whenever three people share a desire to do something together, a movida is born.” The four artists presented here were an undeniable part of the movement. They lived it, met up with each other, and each in their own way chronicled it.

Alberto García-Alix (1956), Ouka Leele (1957), Pablo Pérez-Minguez (1946-2012), Miguel Trillo (1953)

Exhibition curators: Antoine de Beaupré, Pepe Font de Mora, Irene de Mendoza.
With the cooperation of Adolfo Autric.
Exhibition coproduced by the Fundación Foto Colectania, Barcelona, and the Rencontres d’Arles.
Framing by Estampa, Madrid and Acutangle, Barcelona.

Ouka Leele is nominated for the Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro Arles 2019.

  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture