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Josep Subirós (see Pep Subirós)

Figueres, 1947 - Torroella de Montgrí, 2016
He was the first director of the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, between 1988 and 1989. He has been a philosophy lecturer at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (1972-1979), editor of Transición and El Viejo Topo magazines (1979-1982), visiting lecturer at the University of Glasgow (1975) and the New York University (1983), coordinator of the Barcelona-New York Chair (1983-1985), co-editor of Saber magazine (1984-1986), President of the col·legi de Filosofia (1984-1986) and guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC (1996).
Between 1985 and 1995 he worked as Cultural Coordinator for Barcelona City Council, chief executive of Olimpíada Cultural S.A. and mayoral advisor for Cultural Affairs in Barcelona. During this period he promoted, coordinated and, in some cases, personally directed the following projects, among others: the exhibition "Homage to Barcelona", presented in London (Hayward Gallery, 1985), Barcelona (Palau de la Virreina, 1986) and Kobe (Museum of Modern Art, 1987); the commissioning of the dome of the Mercat de les Flors to Miquel Barceló; the organization and co-direction, with Anthony Caro, of the Triangle workshop (1987); founding of the Institut d'Humanitats de Barcelona (1987), in collaboration with Xavier Rubert de Ventós and Josep Ramoneda; constitution of the Consorci del Centre de Cultura de Contemporània de la Casa de la Caritat (1988), which he directed from 1988 to 1989, and the Consorci del Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (1988); direction, together with Josep Acebillo, of the exhibitions "Barcelona, la ciutat i el 92" (1988 and 1990) and "Barcelona, la ciutat i la gent" (1995). He has been responsible for the curatorship of, among other exhibitions, "Miquel Barceló, 1987-1997", at the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (1998); "Oteiza", at the Espacio Kutxa-Kursaal, San Sebastian (1999); "Leading Lights of the 20th Century: Le Corbusier, Man of Letters" (2000), "Africas: the Artist and the City" (2001), "Bamako'03" (2004) ,"Bamako'05" (2006) and "Bamako'07" (2009),  and "Apartheid, the South African Mirror" (2007) all at the CCCB; as well as "Jane Alexandre. On being human" (2009), at Durham's cathedral, and "Johannesburg: Emerging/Diverging Metropolis", at the Accademia di Architettura de Mendrisio (2007).
He was the author of the books Mites i raons de la modernitat (Ed. 62, 1984), Full de dames (Ed. Destino, 1992), L'esquerra i la qüestió nacional i altres paradoxes (Ed. 62, 1992), La rosa del desert (Ed. Destino, 1993), El vol de la fletxa. Barcelona'92: Crònica de la reinvenció de la ciutat (Ed. Electa-Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, 1994), Cita a Tombuctú (Premi Josep Pla 1996, Ed. Destino, 1996), Miquel Barceló, 1987-1997 (Ed. Actar/Macba, 1998), Ciutat ideal, ciutat real. Significat i funció a l'espai urbà contemporani (CCCB, Barcelona 1998), Breu història del Futur (Ed. Destino, 1998), Àfriques: l'artista i la ciutat (Ed. Actar/CCCB, 2001), Sobre la felicitat i altres neguits, o de com totes les aigües es comuniquen (Ed. Destino, 2003),  Ara sé que és ella (Ed. 62, 2006) and Ser immigrant a Catalunya (Ed. 62, 2010) result of the research and documentation study commissioned by the CCCB.

Update: 3 July 2020




VII Trobada africana de fotografia. A la ciutat i més enllà / 7th African Photography Meeting. In the city and beyond


Un altre món / Otro mundo / Another world


Contemporary African Photography

Has participated in

Reinventing Democracy in Europe

For a New Politics of Common Interest

Being Immigrant in Catalonia

Presentation of the book

Living with Diversity

For a Politics of Hope in Europe

Immigration: social and cultural capital

Translating the world from Africa

Crossed visions, visions of change

Cities and regions of Europe

Take away cultures

(In)visibles cities

Spaces of risk, spaces of citizenship

Connections, Circuits, Barriers

Contemporary African Art or, Simply, Contemporary Art From Africa?

Visions of City, Art and Culture in Europe

An experiment in ethnological reversal

Photography, Film, TV

Documenting / Reinventing Urban Reality

South Africa: Divided Cities

Urban Space, Art and Citizenship after Apartheid

New African Cities

Between construction and destruction. What Role for Contemporary Artistic Creation?

New territories, New Instruments, New Forms of Public Space

Debate with Eduard Bru, Manuel Castells and Fernando Marzà

Art and Power in the Urban Space. Reflections on the Case of Barcelona

Debate with Jean Louis Cohen, Enric Miralles, Joan Clos and Josep Ramoneda

Politics and Postmodern Spaces

Debate with Jordi Borja, Sharon Zukin and Albert Garcia Espuche

From the World City to the City World. Vitality and Agony of Urban Fact

Debate with Xavier Rubert de Ventós, J.A. Acebillo and Oriol Nel·lo

Is Urban Future Still Conceivable? Between Utopias and Heterotopies

Debate with Blair Ruble, Robert Fishman and Pep Subirós

Bamako '05. African photography meetings. Another world

Bamako '03. Contemporary African Photography

Africas: The Artist and the City

Leading lights Le Corbusier

Seen by: Fernando Marzá and Pep Subirós