2021 Edition

Touch again

Photobooks return to the hands of book lovers from September 10 to 12 at the Canal de Isabel II Hall in Madrid.

After a complicated 2020 due to the Covid pandemic, that entailed a comprehensive transformation to the online format, the 9th edition of Fiebre Photobook Fest is committed to a hybrid format, resuming physical presence in the Canal de Isabel II Hall of the Community of Madrid, from 10 to 12 September. At last we will be able to touch photobooks again while still enjoying all content at our online platform that will be active until December 31st.

This duality is reflected in the playful image designed for this year edition by Jaime Narváez and Rubén García-Castro of La Troupe, in which drawings of digital tools are combined with drawings of physical media. A graphic loop that revolves around the idea of dematerialization and the survival of the physical book.

Access to the physical fair will be open and free, until capacity is completed, complying with all health protocols and security measures. The schedule is as follows:

Friday 10 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday 11 from 11:00 am to 21:00 pm
Sunday 12 from 11:00 am to 19:00 pm

The photobook fair will be the main axis of the festival and will feature 32 publishers and 44 self-publishers, nationally and internationally, in a physical and online format. Fiebre’s aim is to provide the photography field the opportunity to meet again with fellow colleagues and with its audience, in order to show new works, exchange opinions and get to meet new faces.

Parallel activities are organized around the fair to promote this exchange. Throughout the weekend you will be able to enjoy the Talking Books program, a series of 15 photobook outdoor presentations which will also be streamed online, with free access. Authors such as Federico Clavarino, the guest photographer of this edition, Raquel Bravo and Irene Zóttola, winners of the Community of Madrid Fotolibro <40 and Fotocanal awards respectively, or Blanca Munt, winner of the fifth edition of Fiebre Dummy Award, will participate. Blanca will also be showing a space intervention with her project Alerta Mira-sol on all floors of the Canal de Isabel II Hall

In order to bring photobooks to new audiences, with no age limit, we will also have the #nofilter dummy exhibition organized in collaboration with the Photobook Club Madrid. The coordinators Juan Cires and Juan Barte will make a presentation about Cosecha 2021 (Harvest 2021) and the participants will have the opportunity to present their dummies, at the closing of the festival.

As usual, three workshops have also been programmed for all audiences interested in investigating the photobook format. The price is symbolic, with a discount for the Somos Fiebre community, and registration can be done on the Fiebre website. The photographer Federico Clavarino will bring his online workshop “Traps”, the photographer Eva Sala proposes the face-to-face workshop “Express project and photobook” aimed at ages between 12 and 15 and Bartlebooth collective will present the workshop “From printers to screens: gestures ordinary and digital narratives ”.

And to celebrate the return to face-to-face encounters, on Friday afternoon we will be able to enjoy a playful meeting with a street photocall by photographer Eva Filgueira. Throughout the festival, the artist Julio Cubillos will perform a Live Screen Printing so that attendees can screen their own official festival bag live and we will have a bar and music to liven up these three intense days.

The organizers of Fiebre Fest 2021, Miren Pastor, Olmo González and Daniel Mayrit thank the support of the Community of Madrid, the main collaborators Artes Gráficas Palermo, La Troupe, Dalpine and Lur, as well as Viewing Room 360, Photobook Club Madrid, La Famosa Productora, from the Media Partner Clavoardiendo and of course, the warm support of all the people who are part of the Somos Fiebre community.

From September 10 to 12, the annual date with photobooks awaits you in the Canal Isabel II Hall.