Spanish photographer, Ana Galan, has created a life affirming project, Viv(r)e la vie!, that looks at couples from around the world, particularly in Spain, Finland, and the United States. Her portrait approach replicates the formula that first emerged in the 15th century in Italy and can be associated with the work of Jan Van Eyck, where figures are placed in an idealized landscape.
Ana holds a degree in Economics, an International MBA and
an MFA in Photography from EFTI, Madrid, Spain. She has been finalist in many international competitions and has been exhibited in numerous
galleries, international photography festivals and exhibitions in France, Italy,
India, Spain, Finland and USA. She has completed a residency in Philadelphia,
PA and in Pirkanmaa in Finland. Her work is collected in CENTER in Santa Fe,
NM, in the Philadelphia Art Hotel, Philadelphia, PA and in The Center for Fine
Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO.
Images from Viv(r)e la vie!
Viv(r)e la vie! is a photography series “in process”, consisting of
photographs of couples in profile with a landscape of a countryside in the
background, and pays homage to those people who continue to live “in the moment”. The
concept depicts the two contrary principles, masculine and feminine, which are
found in an embrace as a symbol of the partnership, the unit and belonging.
landscapes, the series recreates the representation of the power of vital
force, of immortality. Viv(r)e la vie! Is a photographic typology of couples
which meet in order to dance. I began the series Viv(r)e la Vie! in
Guadalajara, Spain, with the idea of putting together a set of series of 10
couples in different cities around the world. 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 which, 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. The
objective of this project would be to form an extensive visual transcultural
inventory, almost as small histories of social and anthropological life of some
people that are reaching a mature age, but remain active.
of “Viv(r)e la Vie!” was developed in the American city of
Philadelphia in June 2011 thanks to an artist residency I was granted by the
Philadelphia Art Hotel and the third in June 2012 in Finland thanks to a
residency granted by the Arteles Creative Center. The fourth series of this
project will be produced in May 2013 in Iceland.