I have always thought that arriving to a certain age, we become invisible, towards ourselves and towards the rest of the people. The photography series Viv(r)e la vie! pay homage to those who decide not to become invisible, to those who continue to live “in the moment”. With curiosity, being the main character of their lives and surrounded by family or friends.Viv(r)e la vie! Is a photographic typology of couples that meet in order to dance. Photographs of couples in profile before a wide coniferous landscape in three planes: landscape representing the power of vital force, of immortality. Couples of a certain age, people barely seen socially, but who have not stopped living life fully and whose close relation is photographed in the outing dances of their area. The photographs give visibility to people that, for a certain time, have lacked such visibility. This series, at the same time, documents the cultural diversity that exists between different cities and countries. This project would like to honor those that live life fully, those people that are reaching a mature age, but remain active.
Ana Galan was born in Madrid in 1969. After receiving her degree in Economics, she completed an International MBA, which entailed studying in three different cities: Oxford, Madrid and Paris. Since 1993 she has combined her passion for photography with her profession, attending various courses in Paris and Madrid. After doing an MFA in Photography in 2009/2010 at EFTI, and after attending workshops with Pierre Gonnord, Eduardo Momeñe, Peter Bialobrzeski, Lynne Cohen, Matt Siber, José Ramón Bas, Eugenio Ampudia, Alejandro Castellote, Chema Madoz… her photography becomes more personal. Awards 2012 Arteles Creative Center, Artist-in-residence, Hämeenkyrö (Finland). June Japan Media Arts Festival. Art Division Jury Recommended Works, Tokyo (Japan) February The Center for Fine Art Photography. Director’s Honorable Mention. Fort Collins, Colorado (USA). January 2011 II Premio de Arte Grünenthal. Finalist. Madrid (Spain), November XII CEC Plastic Art International Contest. Cadiz (Spain). Finalist. November Bourse du Talent #47 Portrait. Paris (France). Finalist. October Encontros da Imagem 2011: Emergents. Finalist. Braga (Portugal). October Galerie Huit Open Salon Photography Competition. Finalist. Rencontres d'Arles Photography Festival, Arles (France), July Paris Photo Prize Px3, Finalist. Paris (France). June Philadelphia Art Hotel, Artist-in-residence. Philadelphia (USA). June PHotoEspaña 2011: Descubrimientos. Finalist. Madrid (Spain). June V Premio de Fotografía Digital Santander Creativa-Foconorte. Finalist. Santander (Spain). June Fresh Look Portfolio Review. Month of Photography of Los Angeles (MOPLA) (USA). Selection. April CENTER. 2011 Dealer’s Choice Award (Dianne Vanderlip, Curator, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, California (USA)). Third Place. Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA). March CENTER. 2011 Editor’s Choice Award (Todd James, Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine). Honorable Mention. Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA). March 2010 SFR Jeunes Talents Photo, Paris Photo 2010. Lauréate. November Emergents-2010: Pati de La Llotja. Finalist. Lleida (Spain). October Encontros da Imagem 2010: Emergentes. Finalist. Braga (Portugal). September PHotoEspaña 2010: Descubrimientos. Finalist. Madrid (Spain). June Group Exhibitions 2012 United Photo Industries HQ. DUMBO, Brooklyn, New York (USA). February Open Salon Penang Exhibition 2012, China House, George Town, Penang (Malaysia), January-February The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado (USA), January-February 2011 II Premio de Arte Grünenthal. Sala Mirador Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid (Spain), November. Catalogue. Castillo Santa Catalina, Cadiz (Spain). December. Catalogue. Grizzly Grizzly Gallery, Philadelphia (USA), November FotoNoviembre International Photography Biennale 2011, Tenerife (Spain), November. Catalogue. Delhi Photo Festival 2011, Delhi (India), October. Catalogue. Mosteiro de Tibães, Braga (Portugal), October CENTER, Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA), September-December Getxophoto International Photography Festival, Getxo (Spain), September. Catalogue. Galerie Huit Open Salon 2011 Exhibition, Rencontres d'Arles Photography Festival, Arles (France), July-September Espace Dupon, Paris (France), June-July PHotoEspaña 2011, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid (Spain), June-July Projection. V Premio de Fotografía Digital Santander Creativa-Foconorte, Santander (Spain). June Projection/debate on the social value of photography, Festival Internacional de Fotografía Pa-ta-ta, Granada (Spain), May Primo Piano LivinGallery, Lecce (Italy), March Centro de las Artes y Cultura, Alcorcón, Madrid (Spain), March Primo Piano LivinGallery, Lecce (Italy), January 2010 Espace SFR Jeunes Talents Photo, Paris Photo, Paris (France), November. Catalogue. Mosteiro de Tibães, Braga (Portugal), September « Masters 09/10 », EFTI, Madrid (Spain), July. Catalogue. Festival Tarrazona-Foto, Zaragoza (Spain), July Instituto Puerta Bonita, Madrid (Spain), May. Catalogue. Collections CENTER, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA Philadelphia Art Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA