Born in Bilbao, she studied Political Science at the University of London. Monica Allende is a picture editor and cultural producer, co-founded Offspring Photo Meet and collaborates with Screen Project. For a time she worked as photo editor for the Sunday Times Magazine, where she launched Spectrum, the award-winning photography section.
She is visiting professor at the London College of Communication and EFTI (Madrid) and has served on the jury panel of various international competitions, including World Press Photo, Visa pour l’Image and the National Portrait Gallery.
She produced and curated Darfur: Images against impunity, an exhibition and publication by Stanley Greene, Lynsey Addario and Álvaro Ybarra. And she has received a host of awards, outstanding amongst which are the Graphic Editors Award for the Best Magazine, and the Amnesty International Award in the category of Photojournalism, Best Use of Photography at the Graphic Design Awards.
This year she directed the FORMAT International Photography Festival 2017 in Derby, England.
By Monica Allende
Globalisation has certainly benefited large segments of humanity, but there are signs of growing inequality, and as some groups increasingly monopolise the benefits of globalisation, billions are left behind. The effects of this dissatisfaction are becoming apparent through the increased polarisation of political discourse, the rise of populism, of demands for greater national protectionism, and of anti-immigrant sentiments, which have dominated mainstream policies and debates in the majority of recent elections in the Western World and their outcomes, particularly those of the Brexit vote in the UK and of the US elections.
The impact of climate change, rapid global growth, and over-consumerism are forcing humans into direct conflict not only among themselves, but with other species and mother nature herself over the way the planet’s limited natural resources are shared. Never has our daily life been more impactful on the environment, on how and what we eat, on where we go… Meanwhile the fast development of new technologies, scientific research and biotechnologies is resulting in a revolutionary transformation of the pace at which homo sapiens evolves individually and explores exciting new facets of knowledge.
Transitions as a process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another, aims to be the beginning of many conversations within a broader social participatory conversation, as we are all protagonists of the unfolding story from which we can no longer exclude ourselves.
Presented as a trilogy and addressing one common concern, the uncertainty of the near future, it will show the work of visual story tellers from around the world engaged in multidisciplinary narratives, each chapter being curated as one layer running from the “outer “ to the “inner”. This will encompass the effects of globalized existence, the reframing of the social contract within the tribe and, lastly, exploration of the singular mutations of homo sapiens and the self in this period of accelerating transformations.
To pause, think and reflect might be a necessary requirement to reframe the discourse in a forward direction, or at least to consider the future we wish to belong to and are responsible for…