ana galan – viv(r)e la vie!

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Ana Galan

Viv(r)e la Vie!

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Viv(r)e la vie! is a photography series in process, consisting of photographs of couples in profile with a landscape of a countryside in the background, snapshots which evoke the Diptych of the Duchess and Duke of Urbino by Piero Della Francesca.

The concept depicts the two contrary principles, masculine and feminine, which are found in an embrace as a symbol of the partnership, the unit and belonging, the union of two planets which find themselves in the same line of gravitation. In this movement, we discover the meaning of life. As well in its coniferous landscapes, the series recreates the representation of the power of vital force, of immortality.

Viv(r)e la vie! consists of 15 photographs, of 15 couples which meet in order to dance every Sunday in a community center. This series pays homage to those people who continue to live in the moment.

I began the series Viv(r)e la Vie! in Guadalajara, Spain, with the idea of putting together a set of series of 15 couples in different cities around the world, between 1 and 5 series in each continent and subcontinent. Couples of a certain age, people barely seen socially, but who have not stopped living life fully and whose close relation is photographed in the Sunday outing dances of the community centers of their area.

The photographs give visibility to people which, for a certain time, have lacked such visibility. This series, at the same time, documents the cultural diversity that exists between different cities and countries. All of this is seen through the behaviors and gestures of the dancing couples, in the relationships between man and woman and in the roles assumed by each of them, they also narrate each selected territory.

The second series of Viv(r)e la Vie! was developed in the American city of Philadelphia from June 7 to 27, 2011 thanks to an artist residency I have been granted by the Philadelphia Arts Hotel.


Ana Galán was born in Madrid in 1969. After receiving her degree in Economics, she completed an International MBA, which entailed studying in three different cities: Oxford, Madrid and Paris. In the last two courses, she wrote a thesis addressing “Speculation in Plastic Art”.

Since 1993 she has combined her passion for photography with her profession, attending various courses and workshops in Paris and Madrid, such as EFTI’s Master of Fine Arts in Photography, and since then has participated in several collective exhibits and photography projects.

She works as the marketing director for a magazine in Madrid, and lives between Guadalajara and Paris.


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161 Responses to “ana galan – viv(r)e la vie!”

  • “Where else in the world can you ask a Magnum photographer for advice, who makes time to help all those who ask…”
    Not only that, you get the impression to be part of a wider community, or better: family. It is a place to center. You meet with friends, brothers and sisters. It is just great. I’m not writing very often, but I try to read all of it. I love this place.
    And hey, you can even joke – be it bags, or glass doors…

  • and Thomas do not forget the most important: “we are controlled and guided by Washington, FBI, CIA , etc”, according to recent anonymous super reliable but unconfirmed sources…

  • “We are controlled and guided by Washington, FBI, CIA , etc”, according to recent anonymous super reliable but unconfirmed sources…”

    Panos, my Uncle Steve does not count as a super reliable source. His sources of information are his drinking buddies at McNally’s Bar & Grill, none of whom, as far as I can tell, have gotten off their barstools since Eisenhower was President and whose understanding of current events is somewhat limited, given that none of them have managed to get past the sports pages in the Daily News since the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles.

  • Akaky, but but Uncle Steve is not anonymous:))))
    unless he is attending Alcoholic Anonymous !!!!?????

  • I think his liver goes to the meetings every once in a while, but that’s only because the Mets won the World Series in 1986 and he promised my aunt that he’d go if they won. Uncle Steve doesn’t really want to go, so sending the liver is the next best thing. The liver needs the help more than Uncle Steve does, anyway.

  • lol…couple months ago, mr RZ accused us as an Israeli propaganda magazine, now we belong to Washington, whats next? Goldman Sachs? Is Burn responsible for the financial crisis in greece…
    Damn i loved that Imants’ Tasmanian Devil youtube clip..
    where can i find it? Burn comm-enters are Tasmanian Devils!


    WORKFLOW OF A BURNIAN before post on a new essay!

    (warning: not for weak stomachs;)

  • “slummingangel”…

    it’s funny how you say “In a culture modeled by Washington…” etc. What a simplistic, US-centric view. Go broaden your horizons, then try again.

  • slummingangel
    (July 22, 2011 at 3:17 pm)SAID/generalized to ALLL of you:
    “…I think people here …
    mob frenzy and feed on each others’ heat…
    a culture of free floating anger…
    In a culture modeled by Washington…”

    My answer in your own words:
    “Sniping criticisms always say more about the critics”

  • Or; as Johnny rotten once said… “You’ll find that empty vessels make the most sound”

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