Cartas de Sicilia

These “Letras de Sicilia”, inspired by the thoughts of Vincenzo Consolo (Messina – Sicily- 1933 / Milan 2012) and tied to the reality of the turbulent Mediterranean of yesterday and today, are written between the literary journey and the photographic gaze.

Vital discontent as the driving force behind the journey and historical reverie as a yearning are the referential framework of this visual essay, which is nevertheless resolved in the here and now.

Manuel Sonseca has been travelling inwards since the beginning of his career. Capturing emotional states and materialising visual poetics in an exercise of radical self-portrait whose elegance is given, precisely, by the space that travelling with the gaze provides. An exercise in mental, temporal and physical distance aimed at returning to the origin, the essence of which is captured in the delicate exhibition that is now being presented.

Manuel Sonseca


Graduate in Medicine and Surgery from the Complutense University of Madrid and Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA) in Image from the University of Barcelona. Teacher, essayist, promoter of photographic activities and photographer, whose work is associated with an autobiographical and minimalist genre with suggestive and poetic images, travelling and timeless, almost always in black and white, although, throughout his career, he has made some incursions into colour.

His photographs have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Chile, Slovakia, Iceland, etc. and his work can be found in the collections of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, the Comunidad de Madrid, the Casa Real de España, the ARCO Collection and the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris, among others.

He was awarded the Hofmann Photography Prize in 1994, the Pilar Citoler Prize in 2008 and the Endesa Grant for Visual Arts in 2009.

Sala Municipal Rufino Mendoza de Villanueva de la Serena. Badajoz

Opening: Friday, September 30, 2022