Albarrán Cabrera consists of photographers Anna Cabrera (1969, Sevilla) and Angel Albarrán (1969, Barcelona) who work and live together as a collaborative duo based in Barcelona. The overarching question in the work of Albarrán Cabrera is how images trigger individual memories in each viewer, depending on their social and cultural background.
For Albarrán Cabrera, photography is a means of explaining complex subjects and the relationship between these concepts without using linguistics, which can complicate matters further. As the saying goes, a picture really does say a thousand words.
“There is a gap between reality and what we understand as real. And photography lies in the frontier between the real and unreal, the true and the false. So it helps us to “see” what is hidden from us…Using photography we might not be able to answer the big questions about time, reality or space, but we are interested in exploring how a photographic image can make people think about their reality. Being aware is not just an important part of life; it is life as we know it. Using photography, we want the viewers to increase empathy and arouse interest towards their reality.”
The duo sees their photographs as objects: by handcrafting their prints using classic printing methods and materials such as platinum, silver halide, or inventing new ones like pigment prints on gold leaf, every copy becomes a unique work. All this effort serves a single purpose: to give the viewer more parameters to play with than just the image, giving it literal extra layers of meaning.
2019 "Subtle Shadows of Bamboo on Bamboo" Ibasho Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
2018 "Albarran-Cabrera" Nailya Alexander Gallery, NYC, USA.
"L'indistruttibile" Galleria de'foscherari, Bologna, Italy.
"Aspects of influence" Dada Object Trouvé, Barcelona, Spain.
"Remembering the future" Bildhalle Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland.
2016 "Why all the time" Valid Photo Gallery, Barcelona, Spain.
"This is you" Kochuten Gallery, Nagoya, Japan.
2015 "The Mouth of Krishna" and "This is you" Solo at Unseen Photo Fair. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
"The Mouth of Krishna" Solo at Photomed Festival. Beirut, Lebanon.
2014 "The Mouth of Krishna" Kochuten Gallery, Nagoya, Japan.
2011 "Blow up" Solo at Photomed Festival, Sanary, France.
"Ceci n'est pas une cité Méditerranéenne" Photomed Festival, Sanary, France.
2010 "Safety in Solitude", Fotogaleria Zoom, Santander, Spain.
2004 LEI-NYC-PAR-ZRH 4 Cities, Palauet de Can Vidalet, Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain.
2019 "Color of Light: Fifteen Years of Nailya Alexander Gallery". Nailya Alexander Gallery.
"Icons". Bildhalle Gallery.
2017 "Japan Contemporary" Soiz Galerie, Passau, Germany
"EXPLORATIONS - New Positions in Photography and Photorealism Micheko Galerie, Münich, Germany
2014 "This is you" (I have Photos, Therefore I am) NYC United Photo Industries Gallery, NYC, USA.
"This is you" (I have Photos, Therefore I am) Tokyo Institute of Photography, Tokyo, Japan.
2013 "Secret Places and small Details". Valid Foto Gallery, Barcelona, Spain.
"Collect the World". Valid Foto Gallery, Barcelona, Spain.
2010 "AlbarranCabrera" ARTtrust Space, Village des Recontre d'Arles, Parc des Ateliers, Arles, France.
O.F.N.I. project Valid Foto Gallery, Barcelona, Spain.
2005 "AlbarranCabrera" Hewlett-Packard Exhibition Area. Sant Cugat RandD Site, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain.
2004 Fundación de Ferrocarriles Españoles. Itinerant Exhibition: Madrid, Granada, Seville, Cáceres, Valladolid, A Coruña, Oviedo, Bilbao, Santander, Logroño, Barcelona, Valencia,
Murcia and Toledo.
Centre Cultural de Caixa Terrassa. Terrassa, Spain.
2002 Fundación de Ferrocarriles Españoles. Itinerant Exhibition: Madrid, Granada, Seville, Cáceres, Valladolid, A Coruña, Oviedo, Bilbao, Santander, Logroño, Barcelona, Valencia,
Murcia and Toledo.
FAIRS AND TRADESHOWS
2019 Photo Basel 2019. Bildhalle Gallery
PhotoLondon 2019. Bildhalle gallery.
PHG Photo Fair 2019. Nailya Alexander Gallery
Paper positions. Berlin 2019. Ira Stehmann Fine Art
Art Paris 2019. Esther Woerdehoff Gallery
MiArt 2019. De'Foscherari Gallery.
AIPAD Show 2019. IBasho Gallery.
Haute Photographie. Bildhalle Gallery.
2018 PAN Amsterdam 2018. Kahmann Gallery.
"Remembering the future" Book signing. Bildhalle Gallery.
Paris Photo 2018.Esther Woerdehoff Gallery.
Artissima 2018. De'Foscherari Gallery.
Munich Highlights 2018. Ira Stehmann Fine Art.
Fine Art Asia 2018 典亞藝博 2018. Esther Woerdehoff gallery.
Unseen 2018. Bildhalle gallery.
Unseen 2018. RM Verlag.
PhotoBasel 2018. Bildhalle gallery.
PhotoLondon 2018. Bildhalle gallery.
AIPAD Show New York 2018. Lumina gallery
Haute Photography Rotterdam 2018. Bildhalle gallery.
2017 Paris Photo 2017. Esther Woerdehoff gallery.
Munich Highlights 2017. Ira Stehmann Fine Art.
Beirut Art Fair 2017. Esther Woerdehoff gallery.
PhotoBasel 2017. Bildhalle gallery.
PhotoLondon 2017. Bildhalle gallery.
AIPAD Show New York 2017. Lumina gallery
Art Paris 2017. Bildhalle gallery.
2016 Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam 2016. Valid Foto gallery
2015 Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam 2015. Valid Foto gallery
Photomed Lebanon 2015.
2013 Art Libris Barcelona 2013. Valid Foto gallery
2012 Paris Photo OFF 2012. Valid Foto gallery
Book presentation at Offprint Paris 2012.
MIA-Milan Image Art Fair 2012. Valid Foto gallery
2011 Paris Photo OFF 2011. Valid Foto gallery
Book presentation at Frankfurt Book Fair 2011.
Photo Plus Expo, New York, 2011.
MadridFoto 2011. Valid Foto gallery
Photomed 2011. Valid Foto gallery
2010 Estampa 2010. Valid Foto gallery
Recontres d'Arles 2010.