Flowers and Maria Cobarsí

Last year the flower exhibition ‘Girona Temps de flors’ (‘Girona Flower Season’) was cancelled, but this time the show is on from 8 to 16 May! You can read all about it on the website (click here), where you can find out details about its history, old and new photos and the latest news.

This show began in 1954 with a small, informal display organized by a group of friends. Over the years it has developed into an event that has been recognized all over the world, for example by the prestigious magazine National Geographic.

One of the driving forces behind it was Maria Cobarsí (d. 2013). She grew up on a farm, surrounded by nature. In an interview she once confessed that she intensely lived every season, especially spring. Each year she marveled when the flowers appeared and she smelled their aroma.

Years later this experience leads her to take the initiative for an exhibition that would turn into one of the jewels on Girona’s crown.

Edition 2021

Mariona Berenguer in Berlin

This year artist Mariona Berenguer has been invited as Berlin’s GlogauAIR’s guest resident. Her project bears the title The Empty Nest and “is part of an ongoing investigation into the subject of desire.

Following this continuing line of development, the exhibition is comprised of a series of works that explore the notions of need and longing, and the complex emotional, philosophical, and conceptual positions surrounding these topics.”

The residence program aims to “create a dialogue between Berlin and the world, the Berlin Guest Residents share their perspectives and their work while they engage in the process of exploration, creation, and exhibition over the period of three months.” They also organize open events during which the public can see for itself the result of the program.

On GlogauAIR’s website you can find more information and photos of her work. Founded in 2006 by the artist Chema Alvargonzalez and supported today by La Memoria Artística Chema Alvargonzalez, GlogauAIR is a non-profit art space and residency in a historic building in Kreuzberg open to new ideas.

Photo exhibition ‘Working Women in Lloret (1900-1990)’

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The exhibitionThe Work of Women in Lloret (1900-1990)‘ (original title: “El treball de les dones a Lloret (1900-1990)” shows the development of working women in Lloret de Mar during the 20th century. These women have always been invisible and this collection aims to give them the credit they earn.

The documents and many photos do not only talk about teachers, politicians or hoteliers, but also lace-makers, net-menders and cleaning ladies and other professionals. You see women in all kind of situations, like working in the field, doing the washing in the river or at their job in the textile factory.

It was an era of change from traditional to modern society. According to the theoretical model the male mostly working as a fisherman or farmer, was the breadwinner and the woman was confined to her household chores and bearing and educating children. Many times reality turned out to be different. In more than one case because the income generated by the male was not enough to keep the family going and the earnings of the woman were more than welcome.

A very important push into modernity was upcoming tourism in the 1950s in which the women played a crucial role, thus not only changing the day-to-day life of their families but also that of Lloret itself. This interesting piece of history featuring these pioneer women, is very well explained in the documentary Pensió Completa about this phenomenon that made the small fishing town of Lloret de Mar into a popular seaside resort visited each year by thousands of tourists.

The above photo is a fragment of the poster of the exhibition showing a woman mending stockings (Josep Vilà i Prats, 1910) Source: Municipality of Lloret.

For more photos visit the online catalogue.

Practical information:
Open till 31/12
Venue: Arxiu Municipal (Municipal Archives)
Address: Josep Lluhí, 24 – Lloret de Mar
Free entrance.

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