COLLECTION / 1945-1989 / Spain / José Miguel Gómez

380 images and contacts sheets.

José Miguel Gómez (Madrid, 1951) is a graphic journalist, photographer, filmmaker and exhibition curator.

He notably collaborated with Alberto Corazón on Tierra, aire, agua, fuego (1972-1973) and participated in the multimedia installation Plaza Mayor, análisis de un espacio (1974) together with Juan Manuel Bonet, Alberto Corazón, Simón Marchán and Esther Torrego, among other joint initiatives.

With Eugeni Bonet he promoted the project En la ciudad (1976-1977) and organized the cycle Films/Ondar (1976). He was also one of the signatories of the Almería Manifesto, which emerged from I Muestra Nacional de Cine Independiente [the first National Independent Film Festival] (1975), defining the concept of alternative cinema and calling for the abolition of censorship in Spain. Gómez’s Alice, one of the films he presented in the official section together with another of his films, Fools, was itself subjected to censorship when it was banned from being screened. Alice had to be shown outside the festival.

He has also documented works, exhibitions and performances by artists such as Nacho Criado, Santiago Serrano, Carlos Alcolea, Javier Utray and the Zaj Group, as well as the historic cycle "New artistic behaviors" (1974). Additionally, he was in charge of photographing the Spanish participation in the Venice Biennial of 1976. Archivo Lafuente’s José Miguel Gómez collection, containing 355 rolls of negatives with almost 2,000 images and 23 contact sheets, bears witness to most of these milestones in his career.



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