This year, for the first time, ArtsLibris, together with the Foto Colectania Foundation and in collaboration with the Friends of Eloi Gimeno Association, will award the Eloi Gimeno Award for the best Photobook of the attendees at the ArtsLibris Barcelona 2022 fair.
The trajectory of this artist revitalized Spanish photography through photobooks, assuming aesthetic risks, self-publishing, elegantly working on the design of his books and launching processes of collective creation.
Eloi Gimeno is a fundamental figure for understanding the history of the photobook in Spain, the award that bears his name was born with the desire to continue writing this story as well as to honor our friend and keep his memory alive and his special way of understanding life and his craft.
This award seeks to support and reward those photobooks that honor this creative and collaborative spirit of Eloi Gimeno. Works promoted by small, self-published or collective publishers that constitute innovative, risky proposals and that demonstrate creative freedom will be especially valued. Likewise, the design work, the discourse and the synergy between the designer, photographer and the rest of the editing team will be judged positively.
The prize, which will be awarded among the books presented at this year’s ArtsLibris exhibitors, seeks to support photobooks that honor this creative and collaborative spirit of Eloi Gimeno.
The jury will be made up of: Horacio Fernández, Irene de Mendoza and Julián Barón.
The Prize will be publicly presented on Sunday, June 11, on the closing day of the ArtsLibris 2022 fair with a ceremony in honor of the winner and in memory of Eloi.
The prize will have an economic endowment of €2,000 for the author, which Foto Colectania and ArtsLibris will contribute jointly. The award-winning book will also be distributed by the three organizing entities during the following year and, among others, will be presented at Foto Colectania.