20.10.2020 – 28.02.2021
Curator: Valentín Roma
Conceived expressly for the rooms facing the Rambla, this project is a kind of symphony of collaborations in which Tanit Plana (Barcelona, 1975) explores adolescence and its sociocultural practices.
It features 74 portraits of teenagers from different social classes and backgrounds who present themselves to the photographer’s camera in dramatic urban environments, borderlands where the city takes on a ghostly look. Together with these portraits, in the same museum space, is a selection of 200 TikTok videos chosen by the cultural researcher Estela Ortiz. Visitors are accompanied on their tour of the exhibition by the sound universe of these videos, random bits of dialogue, groans and music. Oriol Rosell, an authority on youth subcultures, presents three themed podcasts based on a playlist, available from La Virreina Centre de la Imatge’s Spotify channel, that includes the three songs most listened to by the participants in the project at the time their portrait was taken. Lastly, we see a phrase written in the manner of graffiti that Tanit Plana came across by chance on the streets of Barcelona. The graffiti artist, massatardmare, was eventually identified and she herself recreated it on one of the walls in the exhibition room.
The proposal also encompasses a public programme of performances and musical events, as well as an action in which some of the portraits in PUBER will be distributed in the manner of semi-anonymous posters around various places in the city.