Bego Antón is interested in exploring the universe that exists at the boundaries of fantasy and reality. Herwork dissects human behaviour and reflects on our psychological and moral relationship with thenatural world. She often calls herself a treasure-seeker, exploring the most remote corners of the planetand sharing them with the public through her photography. In this series everything exists, everything is true, and the earth is only a little dust under our feet. In Iceland, children are instructed never to throw stones because an errant rock might hit an elf.
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The earth is only a little dust under our feet There are elves in Iceland. Also fairies, unicorns, huldufolk, trolls, beach dwarfs, water sprites, mountain spirits and ghosts. Icelanders don’t throw stones in the air, for fear of hitting one of these mysterious beings. The don’t jump on stones, in case a huldufolk might be living inside. And someone once told me, ’if the president claimed he didn’t believe in these magical creatures, he would never be re-elected’. I travelled from north to south and from east to west of the island, searching for places where the magical beings live. Mostly I was looking for the people who have the ability to see them, asking in every gas station, library, grocery store or hotel if there was someone in the area who could communicate with the Beings of the Earth. If there is a place to believe in magic, Iceland must be that place.
Her work has been published in the Lens Blog of the New York Times, National Geographic, Esquire, Le Monde, CNN Photos, and The British Journal of Photography, among many others. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally at FotoWeek DC, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Canal Isabel II and in New York, Switzerland, Germany and Iceland.
She was chosen to participate in the Joop Swart Masterclass of the World Press Photo in 2014 and received the revelation prize for PHotoEspaña in 2017. She studied journalism and specialised in documentary photography in Barcelona.
Nominee for Unveil’d Photobook Award
PHotoEspaña Revelation Award
Second Prize Istanbul Photo Awards Singles
Finalist i Prix Levallois, France
Selected Joop Swart Masterclass - World Press Photo
Grant Spain Arts & Culture, Spain-USA Foundation
EEA Grants Programme “Cultural diversity and Cultural exchange”, Norway Embassy
La Caixa Grant
The Earth Is Only A Little Dust Under Our Feet, MiniHub – PHotoEspaña.
The Earth Is Only A Little Dust Under Our Feet, VIPHOTO, Vitoria.
Haiek Danak Sorginak, BAFFEST, Barakaldo, Bizkaia.
Haiek Danak Sorginak, Lanzadera CentroCentro Madrid, curated by Iñaki Domingo.
Haiek Danak Sorginak, Señorío de Bertiz, curated by Alex Baurés
Everybody Loves To ChaChaCha, FotoWeek DC, Washington DC.
Mujeres Fotógrafas. Una Historia Contada A Medias, curated by Antonio
Molina-Vázquez, Tabacalera, Madrid.
OBSCURA FESTIVAL, Penang Malaysia.
Un Cierto Panorama, Reciente Fotografía de Autor en España, curated by Jesús
Micó, opened in Madrid and travelled through South America thanks to AECID support: CCE Lima, Museo Cándido Bidó Bonao, CCE Chile, MUNTREF Buenos Aires y CCE México.
Everybody Loves To ChaChaCha, GoaPhoto, India.
Verzasca FOTO Festival, Switzerland.
Lumix Photo Festival, Hanover.
Geología de lo Inefable, curated by Widephoto in Can Felipa, Barcelona.
Free Time, curated by Laura Bel en el Centro Cultural Mapocho, Chile.
Illegal Souvenirs, curated by Anne Sofie Sandal en Field Project Gallery, NY.
P2P, Prácticas Contemporáneas en la Fotografía Española, curated by Charlotte Cotton,
Iñaki Domingo y Luis Diaz Diaz, PHotoEspaña.
New Spanish Photography_Visions Beyond Borders, King Juan Carlos Center, New York University.
Horizontes, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, curated by Alex Baurès.