Founded in 2005, NOPHOTO is a contemporary photography collective that aims to make UNCONVENTIONAL individual and collective projects viable.
The collective is characterized by its open content, an interdisciplinary thread in its forms, the use of multiple supports such as the web and digital projections when distributing projects, and the personal involvement of its members during the creative and production process.
NOPHOTO takes negation as its starting point. NOPHOTO is not an agency of photographers, but an ATTITUDE. A way of seeing. A revolution. A ‘NO’ (where there’s never enough).
This aesthetic attitude makes NOPHOTO not renounce any kind of creation or exhibition. Works by the collective offer an experienced view of the everyday, which always leads to the extraordinary. This process is the result of group reflection and interaction among alternative creative processes.
“It’s not that we like to take the opposing view; it’s that we enjoy walking slowly, clumsily, observing minute differences between things, discovering their rhythms. Trying to describe an object, turn it on its head, comb its surroundings and cover the entire perimeter. Asking ourselves what it’s made of and what role it plays in the story. Demanding of ourselves that we wear the subject out and still haven’t said anything. Demanding of ourselves that we look closely and yet haven’t resolved anything. Not to illustrate, define or take photographs. We like to unphotograph things and unname them.”
NOPHOTO was awarded the Revelación Award 2006 by the PHotoEspaña International Festival of Photography and Visual Arts.
Can we look at the world from the same approach we use for the photography book? Is it possible to have a look to reality opening it in any part? In summer 2007, driven by these thoughts, the authors of the project called Península agreed on the rules for a journey which took longer than what they had imagined. For four years they intermittently traveled through Spain and Portugal. "We arrived to the places walking, always as an outcome of our deliberate loss. We did not wish the journey to be materialized, we were driven by the emotion of running after the walk itself."
Eduardo Nave and Juan Millás will take part in the discussion sessions within the Contemporary Art fair Foro Sur sharing table with Pierre Gonnord and Miguel Trillo. Foro Sur 2014 takes place from 24 to 26 October and brings together in Cáceres around a hundred artists, curators, critics, collectors and museum directors and more than ten Spanish galleries of Contemporary Art. It includes discussions, art tours, exhibitions and visits to studios and ateliers. It is an international oriented event with nods to Portugal and Latin America.