José María Rosa, Albacete, 1970
María Bleda (Castellón, 1969) and José María Rosa (Albacete, 1970) met while they were studying at the School of Applied Art and Design in Valencia, where they live. Their first collaboration Campos de fútbol [Football Fields] 1992-1995, was an homage to the football fields of their childhood, which had been abandoned or modified from their original function.
The extensive work of Bleda y Rosa continues along these lines, reflecting the passage of time in relation to landscape and architecture, drawing inspiration from artists such as Bernd and Hilla Becher, as well as their disciples at the Düsseldorf School. History, its traces, and memory are the major concepts at the root of Bleda y Rosa’s work, as can be appreciated in the series Campos de Batalla [Battlefields] (1994-2016); Ciudades [Cities] (1997-2000); Estancias [Spaces] (2001-2006); and Origen [Origin] (2003-present).
The work of Bleda y Rosa has been recognized with the Premio Revelación at PhotoEspaña in 2005 and the Premio Nacional de Fotografía in 2008. Their work belongs to the collections of over one hundred institutions including the MNCARS (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía) in Madrid; the Musée d’Art Moderne in Collioure; and the CGAC (Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea) in Santiago de Compostela. Their photographs also belong to private collections at institutions such as the Coca-Cola Foundation and the Rafael Tous Foundation.