CONTACT: barte@juanbarte.com

Born and raised in Spain, Juan Barte’s career led him to live in places like Los Angeles, Tokyo, Laos and Madrid. In the past, he developed his career in graphic design for companies such as The Walt Disney Company. However, photography was always one of Barte’s main fields of interest, so in 2014 he decided to devote himself fully to his “obsession”.
Barte’s practice establishes a connection, not nostalgic but born of real interest, with aspects of the past to show us that our world is neither natural nor inevitable, while portraying a more complex and diverse representation of the world.
Barte involves the subjects of his photography in the creation of the final images. His goal is to reorder experience rather than to simply document it, to bend appearances to match his subjective narrative priorities. The result is images caught in a tension between the staged story and the testimonial record, imbued with fantasy as much as reality, unreliable and open-ended, thus reflecting the instability of our times.
Barte’s projects may last for years, with direct and constant contact with the depicted subjects with whom he interacts closely. This working process allows him to shoot at close range, giving the pictures a straightness and a natural intimacy that denies the audience the mere observer’s safe distance.
Barte’s work has been widely published in specialized media and exhibited in both galleries and public institutions. He also co-coordinates the Photobook Club Madrid actively promoting the spread of photography culture through different events.

EXHIBITIONS and RESIDENCIES (selected)
2020 Hundred and Eighty Degrees. Solo exhibition. Espacio Valverde. Madrid
2019 Shortlisted for PhotoLondon Book Dummy Award. London, UK
2018 We Are Made of Stars. Solo exhibition. The Estate of Robert W. Munford-Atelier Laforest, Dennysville, Maine
2017  Fellow at NAHR, Nature, Art & Habitat Residency. Taleggio, Italy
2017  Espacio Raw Collection. Group Exhibition (Eduardo Momeñe, Oukalele, Isabel Muñoz, Luis Baylón…). Huete National Museum of Photography-Antonio Pérez Foundation. Huete
2016  Pop-up. Group exhibition. Alvaro Alcázar Gallery, Madrid
2016  La Poética de la Libertad-Alta Expresión. Group exhibition (Ai Weiwei, Canogar, Chirino, Farreras, Feito, Galindo). Cathedral of Cuenca. IV Centennial Anniversary Celebration of Cervantes’ Death, Cuenca
2016  Ibicenco. Group exhibition. Touring the island of Ibiza
2015  Ibiza Naked White. Solo exhibition. Pacha The Gallery, Ibiza
2015  Ibiza de Luz. Solo exhibition. Espai Cultural Sa Punta des Molí. San Antonio, Ibiza
2015  Masks. Online group exhibition. Lenscratch Magazine. Cleveland, Ohio
2015  Music Time. Group exhibition. Curated by Dis Berlín. My Name is Lolita gallery, Madrid
2014  Art’s B-side. Installation with Alicia Sen. La Cárcel Cultural Center, Segovia
2012  Art series 36. Group exhibition. Lapieza Gallery, Madrid

LECTURES & WORKSHOPS (selected)
2018-19  Photobook Self Publish course. Espacio Raw. Madrid
2018  Photobook Lab. A workshop on Revela’t photo fair with Photobook Club Madrid (Boni Barrio, Juan Cires y Juan Barte). Madrid
2017  The Project Statement. Workshop with Photobook Club Madrid (Boni Barrio, Juan Cires y Juan Barte). Madphoto Photography School. Madrid
2016  Photography Marketing Tools, round table discussion with Juan Curto (Cámara Oscura Gallery director) and Roberto Villalón Clavoardiendo Photography Magazine director). Too Many Flash Photography School. Madrid

COLLECTIONS (selected)
The Robert Munford Estate. Dennysville, Maine. USA
National Museum of Photography-Antonio Pérez Foundation. Huete, Spain
MER Collection. Segovia, Spain
Font-Irwin Collection. London
Guillermo de Osma Collection. Madrid, Spain
Jimmy Belilty Collection. Caracas, Venezuela
Martín Chirino Art and Think Tank Foundation. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Ibiza Gran Hotel Collection. Ibiza, Spain
Jorge Virgili Collection. Madrid, Spain

PUBLICATIONS (selected)
2020 Freedom Tastes of Reality. Photobook published by Formidable Books
2020 Un Tiempo Interrumpido. Insert in José Luis Alexanco’s exhibition catalogue with artist’s portraits
2019 Fuego en los Bolsillos: Enrique Salamanca, Luis Lugán e Ignacio Gómez de Liaño. Three issues of this zine collection
2019 Ibiza Blanco Desnudo +. Photobook commissioned by hotel Hacienda Na Xamena
2019 Gisela G. Ibiza. Look book commissioned by this fashion brand
2018 Fuego en los bolisllos: Manuel Calvo. Zine collection
2018 We Are Made of Stars. Solo exhibition catalogue Published by The Estate of Robert Munford.
2017  Tendencias del Arte. Photo editorial on artist Carlos Franco
2016  Dreck Magazine (UK). Ibiza Naked White. Reportage on my project Ibiza Blanco Desnudo
2016 Ibiza Blanco Desnudo (Ibiza Naked White). Photobook published by Ibiza Gran Hotel
2015  El Comercio Sunday magazine cover. Photo editorial on artist Manuel Calvo portraits
2015  El Diario de Canarias, Sunday magazine.Eugenio Merino
2014  Francisco Farreras. Artist’s portraits for the exhibition catalogue
2014  El Año Que Crecí. Guillermo Mora. Artist’s portraits for the exhibition catalogue
2014  Pacha Magazine. Reportage on my project Ibiza Blanco Desnudo
2013  IVAM, Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno. Rafael Canogar. Artist’s portraits for the exhibition catalogue
2013  La Galerie des Pentes (France) Biennale de Lyon. Abel Azcona. Artist’s portrait for the exhibition poster
2013  Absolute Network magazine. Photo editorial on artist Abel Azcona
2013  El Mundo (a daily national newspaper). Photo editorial on artist Abel Azcona
2013  Todo Arte Magazine. Photo editorial on artist Abel Azcona
2012  Plataforma de Arte Contemporáneo, PAC, magazine. Photo editorial on artist Eugenio Merino
2012  Frizzi magazine (Italy). Photo editorial on artist Eugenio Merino

IN THE PRESS (selected)
2021  LF Magazine, La Fotografía Magazine. In-depth interview on photobook and project Freedom Tastes of Reality
2021  Revista Metal. In-depth interview on photobook and project Freedom Tastes of Reality
2021  Neo2. In depth interview on photobook and project Freedom Tastes of Reality
2020 PAC, Plataforma de Arte Contemporáneo. Review on photobook Freedom Tastes of Reality
2018  Beis Revista de Arte Contemporáneo. Disfruta, interview on my project Enjoy
2017  The Best of Ibiza Magazine. Ibiza 6·9. Reportage on my project in progress, Ibiza 6·9

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