Over a decade, Barcelona native Pere Ibañez has earned international recognition for his emotionally-charged artwork. Drawing inspiration from the dramatic and suspenseful styles of genre films, these images seek to explore aspects of human nature that often go underplayed and trivialized. Instead, through photography and poetry, Ibañez magnifies both the falls and ascensions of the human experience through his own lens.
Pere Ibañez’s works have been embraced around the globe. His five previous photobooks have been released in over 50 countries to date, all of them ranking #1 in iTunes sales for art eBooks in Spain. His work has received international awards and honorable mentions while been featured in exhibitions and publications across the US, Asia, and Europe.
Having explored themes of domestic violence, societal pressure on the individual, racism and most recently collaborating with Chinese NGO CandleX.cn in a Bipolar Disorder Awareness Campaign, this new collection serves as a tribute and celebration of the life of Pedro Ibañez, his late father.
This new series comprises a mixture of techniques, from acrylic painting to collage and digital reconstruction; and serves as a pivot from the dark-themed works Ibañez is known for. An eclectic dream-like collection of personal moments that explore and elevate universal elements like the pass of time, the value of family, love, and learning to cope with grief.
Spanish artist Pere Ibañez releases his latest photography series, titled after his late father Pedro. On the launch date, scheduled for 19 March 2021, the series will be available as an ebook on iTunes and Kindle, and in print at major booksellers in the US, Europe, and Asia.
Beijing, China (March 2021) – Spanish artist Pere Ibañez is releasing his latest photography series, titled after his late father Pedro. On the launch date, scheduled for 19 March 2021, the series will be available as an ebook on iTunes and Kindle and in print at major booksellers in the US, Europe, and Asia.
Pedro is a project born after the sudden passing of Ibañez’s father. The new series comprises a mixture of techniques, from acrylic painting on photography to collage and digital reconstruction. It is an eclectic dream-like collection of personal moments that explore and elevate elements such as the passage of time, family values, and love. A process that served as a coping experience and ultimately paying tribute to the life of Pedro Ibañez.
Despite the many challenges the industry is living due to COVID, the new works will be on display on scheduled online and offline exhibitions across the US during the coming months. Future events are planned for Asia as well.
Pedro is the sixth photo series released by Ibañez. His previous collections have received international praise ranking #1 in Spain for iTunes ebooks in the art category and being featured in exhibitions in the US, Europe, and Asia.
Pere Ibañez uses his background in filmmaking to create cinematic experiences through photography, illustrating human frailty and strength. This nostalgic photo series, heavily influenced by ‘70s art and music is a departure from the dark-themed works of past collections. Ibañez currently lives in Beijing, China, where he has his studio.
Hello Pere! How did you come up with your style, what made you explore more this style, and what in your opinion is the main characteristic of your art?
Pere: Hello there! Well, my style has evolved and changed dramatically over these past 10 years. I’m currently releasing ‘Pedro’ my new photo-book and it is venturing into new territory. The new works are inspired by and in honor of my late father, so they are heavily influenced by 70s art and icons like Pink Floyd, David Bowie, or Creedence Clearwater Revival. I’ve always had a flair for vintage and in this new series, I dive deep into it. At first glance, I guess it’s hard to find any connection between my earlier works which were gritty and horror-themed, and the new ones, but they do share the same DNA. The creation process is not that different between them and they often share similar messages, it’s only the dressing and language that has changed. All of my works share the same cinematic cues, Iframe situations that could be snaps taken out of a film. Over the years is just the genre of the film that has changed, but they are still film-like experiences.
What was your introduction into the art world, and what are your earliest memories of making art?
Pere: I cannot really pinpoint a concrete instance because I’ve been involved with it since I can remember. From childhood, I was really into a drawing (at that time sketching Dragon Ball Z anime). As a teenager, I studied fine arts, and later film making – I even worked in a few short films at the time. But it was in 2009 when I started working more seriously with photography that I knew something clicked and that was truly my call, shortly after my first photo-series got nominated to an award in New York.
Tell me more about your collaboration with Chinese NGO CandleX.cn in a Bipolar Disorder Awareness Campaign.
Pere: That was a project that started back in 2016, to raise awareness on Bipolar Disorder. The founder of CandleX is a good friend of mine, and it was her idea. My part was to create a series of portraits that illustrated the two extremes of mood disorder, and most of the models were provided by the NGO. It was such a wonderful experience, those portraits ended up being on my last photo-book Syzygy.
What is the work you are most proud of, and why?
Pere: This answer changes from time to time, I’m very critical with my own work and I find it hard to look back and not wish I did things differently. But for now, I’m proud of my new works, I think I managed to take a very traumatic experience like it is a death in the family and narrate it from the point-view of love rather than grief and pain. The last thing I wanted was to create a body of work dedicated to my father that was sad and pessimistic, I didn’t want for him to be remembered that way because that’s not who he was, so I made an effort to cope with the grief and focus on the highlights of his life, the lives he touched and the positive impact he had on them.
What are your plans for the future with regards to your style? Are you considering other themes or subjects, or some other mediums?
Pere: I have a couple of projects lined up right after this one, and in at least one of them I further explore this new phase, mixing painting, collage, and photography. I don’t discard at some point in the future doing some dark-themed works again, but it won’t be any time soon – I’m feeling very comfortable and I believe that just like some sharks artists have to keep moving forward.
What are you trying to communicate with your art?
Pere: In the case of my new series ‘Pedro’ it was a very instinctive process, I lost my father suddenly, without warning. And I found myself creating the first piece of this new works the very same day of his funeral. I worked on this collection for two years and it wasn’t until a year in that I had clear what I was really doing. For once I created a body of works that in a dream-like way narrated his life. But at the same time, it was much more than that. It was exploring the brevity of life, the highlights of a person’s existence, childhood, growing up, finding love, creating a family, and yes finally passing. And how the cycle starts again with the next one in line. So there’s an obvious message of carpe diem flowing through these new images.
What are you currently working on?
Pere: After two years of work my new photo-book is just coming out, but it might be because we are spending so much time at home that I have been much more productive and while I was still creating ‘Pedro’ I started working on a parallel series and as of today these new works seem to be on its final stages of development as well, but I guess they won’t see the light until late next year.
Do you believe talent is something certain people have a natural leaning to or is it something that has to be cultivated over many years?
Pere: Hmm, I do agree that people have a predetermined natural set of skills but I’ve taught art for years and I can confirm that what you don’t know you can learn it. So at the end of the day, I think that skills can be acquired and cultivated, regardless of how easy is for you to acquire them in the first place.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Pere: My work in the past has touched very sensitive themes, like domestic violence or depression. There have been times in which I’ve been contacted privately by people and told they felt touched or that they identified with the works I did. That’s the ultimate goal of anything I’ve ever done, to communicate, to build that connection with the viewer.
Do you see your art as serving a purpose beyond art?
Pere: Well, I believe that all forms of art serve a purpose in society. There are the psychotherapeutic benefits of creating it, but also just the same way literature does, it serves as a way of creating connections between people, across the world, and across time. And from a historic point of view art is like a stamp in time, a mirror reflecting on the moment in history when it was created, that might help future generations understand the times we were living in.
What’s next on the horizon?
Pere: For now we have some exhibitions planned for the coming months and will have to see it almost on a weekly basis. In these COVID times, we gotta adapt to the situation with art galleries opening on and off, and exhibits being postponed. We will all have to weather the storm while the world slowly goes back to normal. I’m optimistic that we will pull through.
To learn more about Pere, please check:
Artist’s Website: www.pereibanez.com
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