50 Fotografías Con Historia on 16th Street NW.
Credit: Sarah Orozco

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50 Fotografías Con Historia

For a pandemic-safe activity just a short walk away from the Columbia Heights Metro, stop by the Embassy of Spain Cultural Office’s outdoor exhibition titled 50 Fotografías Con Historia. The exhibition displays 25 photographs in the spring and summer, with 25 more slated for the fall and winter, along the ambassadors’ former residence’s fencing on 16th Street NW, providing an overview of Spain’s past 80 years through key images. While it offers a sense of Spain’s history, the exhibition primarily focuses on the breadth of photography as an element of Spanish culture. Photos range from a disturbing scene of Spain’s civil war to a playful portrait titled “Afronauta,” a play on the Spanish word for astronaut and the African heritage of the portrait’s subject. The Cultural Center notes that the photos from the period following the civil war represent an important cultural era known as the Spanish Transition. Viewers can work to spot these stylistic changes across the (mostly) chronological array of photos. The curated, and award-winning, photographs focus on important figures and are deliberately diverse in capturing Spain’s rich history. The exhibition is not just a pandemic-safe, outdoor replacement for closed museums: It is Spain’s way of representing itself humanely and intimately in a public space. The exhibition is available at 2801 16th St. NW to Feb. 21, 2022. More information is available at spainculture.us. Free.