Collective workshop together with the students of IES Alcalá with the aim of documenting the visual, social, ethical and economic impact Covi-19 has entailed on their most immediate surroundings. Based on images taken with their cameras, both mobile and professional reflex models, the various encounters with Bachelor’s students and workshop organiser María Abenia Gracia between December 2020 and February 2021 have also explored the idea that, beyond the technical level, knowing the main components and the expressive power of photographic language are indispensable both for creating and interpreting images, and for enhancing visual ambiguity. Image formation, composition principles, the expressive values of photographic language’s elements, and analysing and raising awareness of the glaze, are among the themes discussed; as well as exploring and recognising the work of photojournalists as significant and prolific as Cartier Bresson, Vivian Maier and Robert Capa, among the most prominent, and contemporary photographers such as Michael Wolf, Antonio Xoubanova, Miren Pastor, Cindy Sherman and Carol Caicedo.
María Abenia Filmmaker, teacher, scriptwriter and producer. She first trained in the world of teaching, working as a children and teenagers for almost ten years at schools in the US, Scotland and Spain. She then studied Documentary Photography at the Escuela Blankpaper in Madrid, Film Directing at the ESCAC and Film Theory and Contemporary Audiovisual Media at the UPF in Barcelona. She produced and write the short, La cabaña (2012), and produced the special Cine al Cierzo for the Zaragoza Film festival (2016) together with a retrospective in commemoration of the death of Abbas Kiarostami.
At present, as well as producing at MiradasDoc, she has directed her short CIRCE (2020), filmed entirely in Tenerife, as well as being in the process of writing three feature lengths: her first work Lejoscerca (2022), La casa natal es el color primero (2021) by Canarian producer David Baute, and Sugar Island (2021) by Dominican director Johanne Gómez.