Dansu, dansu, dansu. Photobookjockey with Juan Cires

Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche, 29.08.2021
First published on her blog, published here with permission.

Juan Cires, at San Telmo‘s church

Yesterday, a photobookjockey on Japanese photography took place in the impressive setting of the church of San Telmo Museum, by Juan Cires, a great specialist in this topic. Juan knows Japanese photography like (almost) nobody, and especially its photobook side.

Being able to enjoy his presence, yesterday in the church, was a luxury. Dansu, dansu, dansu turned out to be a sort of performance, mixing image, film, sound and books, as well as reading of texts.

Japan is a world apart, and as Juan said, entering its culture is, for a foreigner, like finding himself on Mars. He led us by the hand through its history, its traditions, through the hidden corners of its physical or sentimental geography, all represented in the books. Part of those were from Juan’s collection, a well-kept treasure that he wanted to share with us, and the other part came from the more contemporary collection deposited in San Telmo. In this way, any representation of Dansu, dansu, dansu is unique, although Juan has already shown it twice, in Madrid and Granada.

Japanese photobooks are a special world within photobooks, so ingrained is this medium of expression within Japanese photography. This would not be understood without the book, its natural means of communication, almost of existence.

Ryuichi Kaneko, a great historian of Japanese photography, a great collector, and also participant in the Photobook Phenomenon exhibition, died last July, and this bookjockey was also a tribute to him, the one that has worked the most to publicize the Japanese photobook throughout the world.

Dansu, dansu, dansu gets its name from a novel by Haruki Murakami, and Juan picks up the idea of ‘​​dance’, to create a choreography of images and sound that go from traditional Butō to the most ferocious experimentation.

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Here you have the complete list of books shown, in order of appearance (books with * belong in Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche Collection, San Telmo Museoa) :

Nami, Syoin Kajii/梶井 照陰, FOIL, 2017 *

Kandō/感動, Harumichi Saito/齋藤陽道, AKAAKA, 2011

Bloody Moon, Keiko Nomura/野村 恵子, Tosei-sha/冬青社, 2006

Rasen Kaigan/螺旋海岸, Lieko Shiga/志賀理江子, AKAAKA, 2013 *

Shooting Star Fireworks, Vol.1, 1978

Onsen Geisha/温泉芸者, Hirachi Isao/平地勲, Nora-sha/のら社, 1975

The Dry Weather, Takayuki Ogawa/小川隆之, in The Photo Image 6, 1970

Red Flower, The Women of Okinawa/赤花 アカバナー、沖縄の女, Mao Ishikawa/石川真生, Session Press/セッションプレス, 2016 *

Kuroyami [Black Darkness], Sakiko Nomura/野村佐紀子, Akio Nagasawa Publishing, 2008 *

Mother’s, Ishiuchi Miyako/石内 都, Sukyo-sha/蒼穹舎, 2002 *

Teikō/抵抗 [Resistance], Kazuo Kitai/北井一夫, Murai-sha, 1965

Chizu/地図 [The map], Kikuji Kawada/川田 喜久治, Akio Nagasawa Publishing, 2014 *

Tokyo/東京, Masatoshi Naitō/内藤正敏, Meicho Shuppan/名著出版, 1985

Kamaitachi/鎌鼬, Eikoh Hosoe/細江 英公, Aperture, 2009 *

One, Ken Ohara/小原 健, Benedikt Taschen Verlag, 1997 *

I can’t recall my first light/私は初めて見た光を覚えていない, Sayuki Inoue/井上佐由紀, nap gallery, 2018 *

The bookjockey format, devised by Bonifacio Barrio Hijosa is ideal for proposing a broader and enriching experience, a more playful or in-depth reading, approaching the book in a different way. This, the second in the already long list of activities organized by the Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche Collection in San Telmo, has been intense, exciting and spectacular.

I hope the list is extended. From here, a thousand thanks to Juan Cires and San Telmo for the organization.


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Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche and Juan Cires @ Fiebre Photobook Festival 2019, Madrid ~ 25.10.2019

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Fiebre is back one more year, earlier in the calendar, and with it two BookJockey Sessions. On this post I’ll introduce the first session, which is an assigment of the Festival to a new couple of performers who had made other sessions, alone or also in a four handed session, but had never worked together up to now. They are Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche and Juan Cires, with the help of a speaker who is Aránzazu San Ginés. They are going to join their shared passion about Japanese photobooks, as they say:

Gabriela Cendoya and Juan Cires will present a selection of Japanese photobooks from their collections. Gabriela selected contemporary photobooks and Juan opted for more classical examples. Together, the books are presented in counterpoint, and illustrate the range of photographic practices in Japan, from the more chaotic to the more poetic. The photobooks will be presented seasoned with texts by the photographers.

‘Adiós fotografía: caos y poesía en los fotolibros japoneses
[Farewell photography: chaos and poetry on Japanese photobooks]’,
by Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche and Juan Cires
Fiebre Photobook Festival 2019

Sala El Águila, Hall
c/ Ramírez de Prado, 3
friday, October 25th, 2019
Madrid, Spain

Poster for the BookJockey Session by Juan Cires and Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche / Cartel para la sesión BookJockey de Juan Cires y Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche

Fiebre vuelve un año más, se anticipa en el calendario, y con ellos dos sesiones BookJockey. En este artículo voy a presentar la primera sesión, que es un encargo del Festival a una nueva pareja de BookJockeys, que ya han hecho otras sesiones, en solitario o también en sesiones a cuatro manos, pero que nunca habían trabajado juntos hasta ahora. Son Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche y Juan Cires, con la ayuda de una locutora que es Aránzazu San Ginés. Van a unir su pasión compartida por los libros de fotografía japoneses, como dicen ellos:

Gabriela Cendoya y Juan Cires presentan una selección de fotolibros japoneses de sus respectivas colecciones. Gabriela ha elegido libros contemporáneos y Juan ha optado por libros más clásicos. Juntos, los libros se presentan en contrapunto, e ilustran las diversas prácticas fotográficas en Japón, desde lo más caótico a lo más poético. Los fotolibros se mostrarán aliñados con textos de los propios fotógrafos.

‘Adiós fotografía: caos y poesía en los fotolibros japoneses’,
de Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche y Juan Cires
Fiebre Photobook Festival 2019

Sala El Águila, Auditorio
c/ Ramírez de Prado, 3
viernes, 25 de octubre de 2019
19:00 h.
Madrid, España

Julián Barón & Colin Pantall @ San Telmo Museoa, San Sebastián-Donostia ~ 12.05.2018

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Today’s session is going to be held at San Telmo Museoa, in San Sebastian. As I told you in a previous session, Gabriela Cendoya deposited her photobook collection at San Telmo’s Library, and as a introduction to the public, the Museum is showing them in an exhibition called “Argazki-Liburuen Fenomenoa” (Photobook Phenomenon) that started on 2017 in Barcelona, and a new version is now at San Telmo Museum until June 17. There have been some activities around the exhibition and one of them is today’s BookJockey session with Julián Barón and, in his first time, Colin Pantall. Both will mix books around the topic of surveillance.

As an appetizer Colin Pantall has published this view of the venue. Go ahead and see what this couple has to show you!

“Surveillance BookJockey” by Julián Barón and Colin Pantall
Argazki-Liburuen Fenomenoa

San Telmo Museoa
Plaza Zuloaga, 1
saturday, May 12th, 2018
8:30 pm.
San Sebastian, Spain

La sesión de hoy va a tener lugar en el Museo San Telmo, en Donostia. Como os contaba en otra sesión, Gabriela Cendoya ha depositado su colección de fotolibros en la biblioteca de San Telmo, y como presentación al público, el museo está celebrando una exposición titulada “Fenómeno Fotolibro“, que empezó en 2017 en Barcelona, y una nueva versión está en el Museo San Telmo hasta el 17 de junio. Ha habido varias actividades a propósito de la exposición y una de ellas es la sesión BookJockey de hoy con Julián Barón y, en su primera vez, Colin Pantall. Ambos mezclarán libros sobre el tema de la vigilancia.

Como aperitivo Colin Pantall ha publicado esta imagen del lugar. ¡Animaos a ver que lo que esta pareja os puede enseñar!

“Surveillance BookJockey”, de Julián Barón y Colin Pantall
Fenómeno Fotolibro

San Telmo Museoa
Plaza Zuloaga, 1
sábado, 12 de mayo de 2018
20:30 h.
San Sebastián-Donostia, España

Gabriela Cendoya @ Viphoto 2017, Sala Amárica, Vitoria-Gasteiz ~ 02.12.2017

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It’s my pleasure and honour to introduce you to Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche, who is running next BookJockey session, tomorrow in Vitoria-Gasteiz. This session is going to be part of an annual festival called Viphoto, in their sixth edition this year. Gabriela is passionate about photobook collecting, and we are lucky she also writes a blog with some of their books. She begun an agreement with a museum’s library, which is a rare case of generousity, and hopefully a format other collectors and institutions copy or adapt to their possibilities. Since May 2017, her collection is part of San Telmo Museoa‘s Public Library, in San Sebastián-Donostia. If you are around, drop by and attend this very special session!

‘Identities’, by Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche
Viphoto 2017, Sala Amárica
saturday, December 2nd, 2017
12 pm GMT+2
4, Amárica Sq.
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche, © by Lu Lantana

Es un placer y un honor presentaros a Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche, que va a hacerse cargo de la siguiente sesión BookJockey, mañana en Vitoria-Gasteiz. Esta sesión va a ser parte de un festival anual llamado Viphoto, este año en su sexta edición. Gabriela es una apasionada coleccionista de fotolibros, y por suerte para nosotros también  escribe un blog con alguno de sus libros. Además, ha establecido un acuerdo con la biblioteca de un museo, un caso raro de generosidad, que esperamos que otros coleccionistas e instituciones copien o adapten a sus posibilidades. Desde mayo de 2017, su colección es parte de la Biblioteca Pública del San Telmo Museoa, en San Sebastián-Donostia. Si estáis por la zona, ¡no dudéis en pasaros para asistir a esta sesión especial!

‘Identidades’, de Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche
Viphoto 2017, Sala Amárica
sábado, 2 de diciembre de 2017
12h GMT+2
Plaza Amárica, 4
Vitoria-Gasteiz, España