the very unique Nau Bostik

A little over a week after the closing ceremonies of the Barcelona Foto Biennale, I had to go back to the Nau Bostik Cultural Center to pick up my photos. When I was planning my trip to Spain I was actually really worried about how I would manage transporting ten large framed prints from Barcelona to wherever I was going afterwards. I imagined myself hauling one frame at a time down a narrow European street and hoping somebody would offer to help me. But a lot of the details worked themselves out on their own. For one thing, the directors of the Biennale decided to dry mount the entire show, which certainly made for easier transport afterwards. When I arrived to pick them up from the venue I found them neatly wrapped together in one stack. And instead of hauling them the length of Spain for storage at my friend’s home in Rota, the woman from whom I rented a room in Barcelona agreed to let me store them at her house until whenever I am able to come back for them. Now that I know I will be exhibiting again in the spring, I am planning to carry them home with me on the plane in May.

It was fun to visit the Nau Bostik in broad daylight, as the opening and closing ceremonies of the Biennale took place well after dark. The venue was developed under the direction of Catalan architect Xavier Besana, in a somewhat-renovated factory that had been out of commission for ten years. The Nau Bostik comprises eleven halls and totals 18,000 square feet. Quirky, colorful, and donning its structural decay like daisy chains, the entire outside of the complex is painted by street artists and as much of a show on its own as anything indoors. 👌#naubostik @ Nau Bostik