News / 1 Aug 2019

Julien Mauve's exhibition at Getxo Photo 2019 - International Image Festival, Spain

European Prospects artist, Julien Mauve will be showing L'île Aux Libellules in a group exhibition at GetxoPhoto - International Image Festival which will run from the 4th to 29th September 2019, in Basque Country, Spain.

L'île Aux Libellules is based on HyBrazil myth, a phantom island, appearing in different locations on nautical charts as early as 1325. Many stories exist of encounters with the island. According to the legend, it is a cradle of an advanced society that has remained hidden until our days, veiled as it is by thick fog, which has kept it from being discovered. In 1850, the island disappears from every map completely.

Julien went searching for this mysterious island and found it in Japan. The 21 pictures in the series come from the Island of Dragonflies (Akitsu Shima), the name of which echoes nature’s powerful place in the Japanese imagination. On this island, humans seem to have suddenly disappeared. What remains are some sorts of ruins, lost in the middle of abundant nature which seems to retake its rights. Have these sites been definitely abandoned or just isolated from the rest of humanity?

Getxo Photo is promoted by Begihandi Collective, is a festival dedicated to images that take place in Getxo (at the coast of Basque Country, very close to Bilbao) during September. It exhibits different artists and visual storytellers from all over the world to the city, setting a contemporary conversation about the theme this year which is Post Homo Sapiens, Programming the future.

Please visit the artist website for more information about the work and exhibition.