Javier Vallhonrat-July 2019


Workshop in the Countryside – Javier Vallhonrat

July 16 – 21, 2019

The workshop “Experiencing the Process” takes an intimate and attentive look at the different processes undergone by anyone involved in creative activity.

Through dialogue, games and the different experiences that form part of the workshop, we will seek to reveal the creative power of our own inner resources.

Description of the workshop:

Throughout the workshop we will approach creativity both as a universal human capacity and as a manifestation of the individual. Subject as it is to multiple dynamic processes, creativity allows us to avoid the obvious, the safe and the predictable; it poses problems and generates new solutions as well as imagining and generating new webs of meaning through expression. From this perspective, the workshop is a laboratory for exploring and discovering different aspects of the creative process and how it manifests itself in our photographic work.

Specifically with regard to the creation of photographic projects, by reviewing the work of different authors as well as that of participants, and with the help of different games and exercises, we will discover and explore a series of pointers that allow us to become more consciously aware of different aspects of the creative process and the way in which this manifests itself in photography, while at the same time discovering, experiencing and trying out different resources related to the creation of photographic projects.

We will go on an excursion during the workshop, taking advantage of the different possibilities offered by the remarkable natural surroundings close to the Casa dos Muros. In this way we can put into practice some of the resources that we have worked with during the workshop.

Viewings will be organised…

Aims of the workshop:

  • To expand the ways in which we perceive, develop and bring ideas to fruition, discovering and consciously experiencing our own creative resources.
  • To generate an internal space in which to give significance to the apparently insignificant.
  • To facilitate contact and a creative relationship with our interior world, discovering its expressive potential.


The workshop is intended mainly for photographers, teachers and students of Photography, Fine Arts or Audiovisual Communication, and anyone interested in photography.

Materials to be brought by participants:

Participants should bring some of their own work, which will be used as a basis for certain exercises. Given the nature of the exercises, the number of different pieces of work should not exceed 5, since the aim is not for us to view work (it is unlikely that there will be time) but for participants to have their own material to work with.

The pieces of work should be chosen not for their technical qualities or their aesthetic or expressive appeal, but as a function of the extent to which they generate in their author restlessness or perplexity, a desire to inquire, to know more.

The pieces of work should be brought on an autonomous medium (paper, tablet or laptop) and not on a pen drive, since we will all be working simultaneously.

Lastly, I strongly recommend that participants bring a notebook specially for the occasion which will serve as a “logbook”, a “process map”, a “container for ideas” etc.

 Javier Vallhonrat.

Madrid 1953

Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Madrid, Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Comillas of Madrid, Master in Integrative Humanistic Psychotherapy from the Galene Institute of Madrid and Gestalt Psychotherapist from the IPG of Madrid. Has also carried out a training program in Integrative Psychotherapy with Richard Erskine.

His artistic career has been recognized with the National Photography Prize in 1995 as well as the Bartolomé Ros Prize in PhotoEspaña 2007, and the Photography Awards of La Villa de Madrid and La Comunidad de Madrid in 2009, among others.

For 35 years he has had an intense teaching career in artistic institutions in 11 countries, as well as exhibiting his artistic work in numerous institutions, art galleries and museums. Among them we highlight the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in Philadelphia, the Cartier Foundation, Cahors France, the Santa Monica Museum, Barcelona, the Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid, the Grand Duc Jean Museum in Luxembourg, the National Center of Photography, Paris and the Georges Pompidou Center, Paris.

Fourteen monographs of his artistic work have been published, and his work can be found in a large number of important public and private collections around the world.

Selected solo exhibitions:

1983 Aele Gallery, Madrid.
1986 Buades Gallery, Madrid. Porin Taidemuseo, Porin (Finland).
1986 Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Caracas, (Venezuela).
1987 Les Somnambules Gallery, Toulouse, (France).
1988 Van Melle Gallery, Paris.
1989 Abbaye de Montmajour, Arles, (France).
1990 Parco Photographers Gallery, Tokyo.
1991 L.A. Galerie, Frankfurt, (Germany).
1992 Hamiltons Gallery, London.
1993 Prinz Gallery, Kyoto. Monastery of Veruela, Zaragoza, (Spain).
1994 Galería Juana Mordó, Madrid.
1995 Hamiltons Gallery, London.
1996 Museo Santa Mónica , Barcelona, (Spain).
1997 Gilbert Brownstone Gallery, Paris. Hamiltons Gallery, London.
1999 Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid.
2000 «Lugares Intermedios», L.A. Galerie, Frankfurt (Germany).
2001 “ETH”, L.A. Galerie, Frankfurt, (Germany).
2002 “ETH”, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, París. “LUGAR”, Tinglado II. Primavera Fotográfica de Barcelona, Tarragona, (Spain)
2003 “ACASO 2002”, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris. “ACASO”, 2003 Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid.
2004 “Casa de humo”, Fundación Telefónica, Madrid.
2008 “ACASO”, Sala del Canal de Isabel II. PhotoEspaña, 2008.
2014 «SECTORES Y FRAGMENTOS», Galeria Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca, (Spain).
2014 «ACASO», Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Tesalónica, (Greece).
2015 «Interacciones», Museo Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona , (Spain).
2015 «La Trama y la Senda», Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca, (Spain).
2015 «Eolionimia», Galeria Aural, Alicante, (Spain).

Selected group exhibitions:
1986 “Recent Spanish Photography”, University of Alburquerque, New Mexico.
1987 La Vieille Charité, Marseille, (France). Marcuse Pfeifer Gallery, New York.
1988 Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris.
1989 Clichés “Le Choix des Sens”, Le Botanique Bruselas (Belgium).
1990 The Special Photographers Company, London.
1990 “Spanish Eyes”, Clarence Kennedy Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, (USA).
1991 Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.
1991 “On the Shadow Line – Ten Spanish Photographers” (Australia).
1992 Fundación La Caixa, Barcelona, (Spain).
1992 “Les Européens”, Encuentros Internacionales de Arles (France).
1993 Enschede Photo Biennial, Enschede (Holland).
1994 Fundación Cartier, Cahors (France).
1996 Philadelphia Museum of Art (USA).
1999 “Constructed reality” L.A. Galerie, Frankfurt, (Germany).
2001 “Las semillas del futuro”, Milano Europa 2000, Palacio de la Triennale, Milan, (Italy).
2003 “Cuadros de una exposición”, Colección de Fotografía de la Comunidad de Madrid.
2003 “Memoria de un recorrido”, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid.
2004 “Sombras y deseos”, Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, Burgos (Spain).
2004 “Fragmentos Arte del XX al XXI”, Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid.
2004 Colección Caja de Burgos, Santander (Spain).
2006 Caisse des Dèpots et consignations, Centre Pompidou-Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris.
2006 Musée d’Art Moderne Grand Duc Jean of Luxembourg.
2007 Affinity Paths “10 Spanish Photographers”.
Selected museums and public collections:


Colección Banesto, Madrid. Colección Fondo de Cultura, Vigo. Fondos de Arte Contemporáneo Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia. Fundación Tous-de-Pedro, Barcelona. Museo de Badajoz, Badajoz. Museo de Bellas Artes de Alava. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. Museo Palacio de Sátago, Zaragoza. Colección Banco de España, Madrid. Colección de Fotografía de la Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid. Colección Pilar Citoler, Zaragoza. Colección Fondos Museo Universidad Navarra.


Collection Paris Audio-Visuel, Paris. FRAC Rhône-Alpes, Lyon. Maison Européene de la Photo, Paris. Musée Cantini, Marseille. Musée Réattu, Arles.

United Kingdom:

The Marsh Collection, London.


International Polaroid Collection, Boston. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia. The Beulh Collection.


Claudia & Michael Loulakis Collection, Frankfurt

Musée d’Art Moderne Grand Duc Jean of Luxembourg


1986 Javier Vallhonrat, “Animal Vegetal”, Abril y Buades Editor, Madrid.
1992 Javier Vallhonrat, “El Espacio poseído”, Gina Kehayoff, Munich (Germany).
1993 Javier Vallhonrat, “Autogramas”, Gina Kehayoff, Munich (Germany).
1996 “Cajas”, Editorial Mestizo, Murcia (Spain).
1997 “Trabajos Fotográficos, 1991-1996”, Editorial Lunwerg, Madrid.
1999 «Javier Vallhonrat» Biblioteca de Fotógrafos Madrileños (PhotoBolsillo), Madrid.
2001 “Obras 1996-2001”, Sala Amos Salvador. Cultural Rioja, Logroño (Spain).
2002 Javier Vallhonrat “Lugar”, Ayuntamiento de Tarragona, Tarragona, (Spain).
2003 “ETH”, Centro de Arte de Salamanca, Salamanca, (Spain).
2003 “Javier Vallhonrat habla con Santiago Olmo” Conversaciones con Artistas, Editorial La Fábrica, Madrid.
2004 “Casa de humo”, Fundación Telefónica, Madrid.
2006 «Javier Vallhonrat», Editorial Boom, Barcelona.
2008 “Javier Vallhonrat, Acaso”, Editorial La Fábrica, Madrid.
2015 «La Trama y la Senda», Institut d’Estudis Balearics, Palma de Mallorca, (Spain).
2015 «42ºN», Museo Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona (Spain).
2015 «Interacciones», Museo Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, (Spain).
2015 «Eolionimia», Galeria Aural, Alicante, (Spain).

Selected awards

Silver Award of New York Times Magazine, 1994.
Award of Excellence. The Society of Newspaper Design, 1995.
Premio Nacional de Fotografía, Ministerio de Cultura, 1995.
The Art Directors Club 76th Annual Awards, New York, 1997.
Premio PhotoEspaña, 2007.
Premio Villa de Madrid de Fotografía, 2009.
Premio Comunidad de Madrid de Fotografía, 2009.

Selected other activities

Invited lecturer at the following events and institutions:

Encuentros Internacionales de Arles, 1989.
Proyecto Focus, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, 1991.
Facultad de Bellas Artes de Granada, 1992.
Ryerson Polytechnics, Montreal, 1993.
Centro de la Imagen, México D.F. 1994.
Facultad de Bellas Artes de Cuenca, 1997.
Higher Institute for Fine Arts – Flanders, Amberes, 1999.
Universidad de Cantabria, 2000.
Universidad de Sevilla (Xª Jornadas de Arte Contemporáneo), 2003.
Universidad Europea de Madrid, 2010-2012.
Universida Politécnica de Valencia, 2010-2013.
Centro de Arte de Alcobendas – PHE, Madrid, 2014-2015.


740 € (Workshop + full board and lodging in the “Casa dos Muros” + complimentary light snacks during the workshop).

Maximum group size: 18 participants.

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