Kennesaw State Hosts Spanish Photography Exhibition

Kennesaw State University continues its celebration of the “Year of Spain” with a…

Georgia (Jan 4, 2004) — Kennesaw State Hosts Spanish Photography Exhibition

Cheryl Anderson Brown

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Contact: Cheryl Anderson Brown‚ 770−499−3417 or cbrown@kennesaw.edu

Kennesaw State University continues its celebration of the “Year of Spain” with a special exhibition of works by five noted Spanish photographers. “La subversion de la realidad” (The Subversion of Reality) opens with a reception‚ 7−9 p.m. on Jan. 14 and continues through Feb. 28 in the Sturgis Library Gallery on the Kennesaw campus. Don Alejandro Castellote‚ curator of the exhibition on loan from Spanish Ministry of Education‚ Culture and Sports‚ will speak at the reception. Don Castellote is well known throughout Europe for his curation of major exhibitions and his numerous publications.

The artists featured in the exhibition are Vari Carames‚ Isabel Flores‚ Martí Llorens‚ Angel Marcos and Aitor Ortíz. Carames depicts both interior and exterior scenes in huge‚ lushly colored images with deliberately out−of−focus actions to produce both an aesthetic and metaphysical effect of bringing the viewer into the image. Flores employs illustrations from books by Melville and Stevenson as subliminal triggers of imagination and fantasy. Llorens uses old photos from the Spanish Civil War to evoke and explore the emotion and strength of collective recollection. Marcos photographs private and public spaces in a choreography of real people and images such as billboards and theatre screens to question what is real and what is the subversion of reality. Ortiz focuses on vast urban spaces and buildings that evoke loneliness and awe through their huge scale.

"The School of the Arts at Kennesaw State continues its commitment to present museum−worthy exhibitions of international art‚” said Roberta Griffin‚ KSU director of galleries. “This exhibition provides our community and campus audience the opportunity to see the powerful‚ poetic and varied views of five contemporary Spanish photographers.”

“La subversion de la realidad” is sponsored by the Subdireccion de Promocion de las Bellas Artes of the Ministery of Education‚ Culture and Sports in Spain and is funded by the Visual Arts Board of the KSU Arts Board.

“We are genuinely thankful for the tremendous cooperation we have received from the Spanish government and Vicente Valverde‚ who serves as a consultant with the Georgia Department of Education‚” said Joseph Meeks‚ dean of the KSU School of the Arts. “They have helped make the Year of Spain one of the best Country Studies Programs in the program’s twenty−year history.”

The “Year of” celebrations feature public lectures‚ films and cultural events. Presented by the School of the Arts‚ the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and the KSU Institute for Global Initiatives‚ most of the events are free. Visit www.kennesaw.edu/internationalcenter for a schedule.

Hours for “La subversion de la realidad” are 11 a.m.−3 p.m. Monday−Thursday; 7−9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; and 1−4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more information‚ call 770−499−3223 or visit www.kennesaw.edu/arts.

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Editor’s Note: Images from the exhibition are available. Call 770−499−3417 to arrange.

Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of nearly 17‚500 from 127 countries. The fourth largest state university out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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