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Tierra Santa

Guille Ibanez
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Entry Fee: Free

“It’s been 17 years since I left my homeland.”

This thought was the catalyst for a personal journey; photographing events and places all around Spain that bring people together and help define the country’s personality.

Some of the scenes in ‘Tierra Santa’ are beautiful, joyful and full of colour, while others feel more raw and dark. All of them recall a collective past that has defined the country’s identity for centuries. There are implicit themes here; my search for a sense of belonging, which mirrors that of the people I photograph; the quest for faith, which is often depicted in a very rich iconography and a sense of regional pride.

Ultimately, this is a personal endeavour to reconnect with roots that are gradually eroding.

Artist talks

When: 6.00pm Thursday 2 May

Where:  Instituto Cervantes Sydney, 3/299-305 Sussex St, Sydney NSW 2000

Topic: The photographer’s view’ with Guillermo Ibáñez (Spain), Roger Grasas (Spain) and Louise Whelan (Australia),a panel discussion organized in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes de Sídney. The photographers will discuss their vision through images of people and landscapes.  


When: 12.00pm Tuesday 7 May

Where: Festival Hub, Paddington Town Hall, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021


Guillermo Ibáñez’s exhibition and visit  to Head On Photo Festival 2019 is supported by

Free artist talk:

When: 12pm Tuesday 7 May
Where: Festival Hub, Paddington Town Hall


Born in Madrid, Spain but drawn to Manchester, UK, where he has lived for over 17 years, Guille Ibañez is a photographer whose work focuses on culture, tradition and human interaction. Originally trained as a cinematographer, he still combines professional film and video work with his photography. The tension between the moving and the still image goes to the heart of Guille’s work, and his pictures are often referred to as being like ‘frames from a film’.

Guille develops long term projects mostly in his home country of Spain, but he also works within the UK, South East Asia or Africa. Religion and human faith play a major part in his work which has been exhibited in many festivals around Europe and America.

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