Dani Pujalte

Overview

A peninsula juts out of West Africa, reaching into the Atlantic. For centuries, this geological feature has served as a natural port: a funnel for the trafficking of ships, cargo and human bodies.

In the fifteenth-century, Dakar became a hub of global trade. No sooner had Europeans arrived than they began to establish trading posts. Bilateral flows of goods and products started crossing the Atlantic: wool, copper and pearls in one direction, gold and slaves in the other. In little time, this sub-Saharan city became a central axis in the new imperial order.

Dakar’s commercial and geopolitical history offers this backdrop to Pujalte’s images. We are presented with an index of fashion brands, luxury cars and designer watches. But this familiar alphabet of products and logos is destabilised by something altogether less familiar – at least to the Western viewer. The graphic language of globalised commerce collides with a local mythology: Mouridism.

This branch of Sufi Islam was founded in 1883 by the religious leader Amadou Bamba. Teaching a pacifist struggle against the French colonial empire, his influence over daily life in Senegal is now more prominent than ever. Bamba’s political, economic and cultural legacy can be seen in the omnipresence of his iconic image: a figure in a white kaftan, his face covered by a scarf. Replicating the only photograph of this religious leader, the same image is reproduced in murals, textiles and products throughout modern-day Senegal. In this sense, it competes with its political rival: the Western corporate brand.

At its core, this is the struggle captured by Pujalte’s lens. We are introduced to a post-colonial paradox that is present on every street corner of Dakar. For while they are inflected by the visual language of global consumerism, these photographs open out into a space that is altogether less containable by the rational economic dogmas of Western commerce. They bear witness to a poetic experience of being: a collective spirituality held in bodies, objects and light.

Jeremy Hutchison.

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Dani Pujalte

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Studies
2009-2013

General Photography in Institut d’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya

2003-2008

Law degree by the Univesity of Barcelona

Awards
2019

Le Marse shortlisted at the PH Museum grant 2019

2018

Rond Point Colobane Honour Mention at LANDSKRONA FOTO DUMMY AWARD 2018.

2018

Rond Point Colobane shortlisted at Paper Journal first photobook prize.

2018

Rond Point Colobane shortlisted at Voies Off Award 2018

2017

Good luck with the future shortlisted in Anamorphosis prize

2017

Rond Point Colobane shortlisted in Arles Cosmos PDF Award

2017

Good luck with the future finalist at the Voies Off Award

2017

Good luck with the future shortlisted in NexoFoto’17

2016

Good luck with the future finalist at Encontros da Imagem’16

2016

Good luck with the future shortlisted in Arles Cosmos PDF Award 

2015

Grant Fotopres la Caixa 2015

2014

Cultural Containers finalist in the Docfield Dummy Award

2013

Selected in Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña’13

2013

Cultural Containers finalist of the 19th edition of the Fotopres grant

Solo Exhibitions
2018

Good luck with the future in Loading Fest, Galeria Painel opening 23rd July

2017

Good luck with the future at Galerie Jacques Cerami

Books
2019
2017
2017

Good luck with the future, Dani Pujalte + Rita Puig-Serra, selfpublished, ISBN 978-84-617-9587-1

2015

Laboratori, published by Ca l’Isidret, ISBN 978-84-941484-3-9

2012

Studio vortex  Journal 5/6, published by Atelier de Visu

Selected Group Exhibitions
2019

Good luck with the future at Kronos Art Barcelona, Arts Santa Mónica.

2018

Le Marse at Encontros da Imagem’18 – Edificio do Castelo

2018

Good Luck with the future in the Photobook Exhibition at Athens Photo Festival

2018

Show at Minimum in Palermo, part of the festival Mo[t]us Operandi for Manifesta 12. Curated by Simone Sapienza and in collaboration with Valentina Sestieri / BACO About Photographs.

2018

Mōmentum installation curated by Simone Sapienza at MINIMUM Studio in Palermo. Selected by Salvatore Vitale.

2018

Good luck with the future in San José Foto «Vínculos». Curator Nicolás Janowski. San José, Uruguay.

2018

BECOMING: Cure as Care. Curator: Cemre Yeşil, Daire Sanat Galerie, Istanbul.

2017

Good luck with the future in La Nuu Photofestival – Rubi, Spain

2017

Good luck with the future in New Documentary Image at Caixa Forum Madrid

2017

Good luck with the future in New Documentary Image at Caixa Forum Barcelona

2017
2014

Martirium at MEAM curated by Ramon Casanova+Jorge Egea

2014

13000 Bouches-du-Rhône in InternatioNow an exhibition at Fort Delta, Melbourne

2013

13000 Bouches-du-Rhône at Marseille vu par 100 photographes du monde, curated by Antoine d’Agata

2013

13 000 Bouches-du-Rhône at  Casa Xanxo, Visa pour l’Image

2013

Cultural Containers at Layout Fotografa Spagnola Emergente

Selected Publications
2019

Kawah Ijen in el Pais Semanal

2019

Your collection day is: Monday by Jeremy Hutchison on King Kong Magazine Issue 7

2019

Good luck with the future in Photobook Volume 3 · Fisheye

2018

Good luck with the future in Balam Issue 5

2018
2018

Book review by Janelle Lynch in Photo-Eye Blog.

2017

Good luck with the future in Wallpaper*

2017

Good luck with the future in Revista Old

2016

Good luck with the future in Yet Magazine

2016

The man who sails with the stars in El Dorado Experience

2015

Glampers in Purple Magazine

2015

Kawah Ijen published in Too Much Magazine Issue 6

2015

Coneja vs Dulce published in Lost Magazine Issue 2

2014

Cultural Containers featured in Yet Magazine

2013

Cultural Containers published in Ojo de Pez nº 34

2013

Catalogue of the exhibition Marseille vue par 100 photographes du monde

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