Until April 25 in room 4 and at the carriage entrance of the Palau Robert.
Palau Robert is hosting the exhibition entitled “Catalonia, Year 0. Watching the virus”, a selection of photographs by Jordi Borràs for La Mira featuring some fascinating images of life in Catalonia during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, a threat that became an everyday reality and transformed our lives.
The exhibition was curated by the editor of the non-fiction journalism-driven magazine La Mira, Francesc Canosa, to coincide with the first anniversary of the closure of Palau Robert due to the pandemic, and can be visited between 2 March and 25 April in Room 4 and the carriage entrance.
Jordi Borràs, head of photography at La Mira, who specialises in social commentary photography, travelled across the whole of Catalonia with his camera between March and June 2020 to capture images that have already become part of our collective memory and reveal a very different vision of our towns and cities. Thousands of kilometres and photographs (some of which were published in the magazine and the book A Year Without Spring) with a clear objective: to serve as the eyes for thousands of others who were unable to see or document the country for the future.
The exhibition is divided into two areas. Empty Catalonia reveals a locked-down country with completely empty beaches, roads and monuments; a radical transformation. The coronavirus pandemic painted an unprecedented picture of the country. People vanished from public spaces and life was shut away behind front doors. Death walked the streets. Towns and cities lost their identities with the virus. The country was turned upside down, emptied, transformed. The images of deaths, coffins and funerals plunged us into a dark and gloomy scenario, yet with the hope that life as we knew it would soon return.
Meanwhile, Busy Catalonia shines a spotlight on the people who resisted, who fought it, who gave their all: the health professionals, the firefighters, the media. Life emerges in pregnancies, births and babies. And also in the people who, though confined at home, tried to deal with everyday life through teleworking, and those who carried on working to make sure people in lockdown received their supplies. Because despite the difficulties and uncertainties, we are still moving towards the future.
The exhibition content is rounded off with an audio recording in the form of a podcast that was done during lockdown, featuring the voices of the team from La Mira, who explain the photos, the choice of subjects, and the management of people and places. The podcast will be broadcast by Catalunya Ràdio.
La Mira was an award-winner in 2020 at the National Media Awards given by the Government of Catalonia in the Digital Media category. In reference to La Mira, the jury commended its efforts to chronicle non-news stories “from a different viewpoint with excellent quality and format” and also highlighted the magazine as an “example of journalism that conveys information in great depth, offering readers valuable context”.