KBr Flama 21

In collaboration with the following photography schools: Grisart, Idep Barcelona, IEFC, and Elisava, Barcelona School of Design and Engineering


SEP.30.2021          JAN.16.2022

Obscure Presence series, 2018-2020

Gunnlöð Jóna Rúnarsdóttir
Obscure Presence series, 2018-2020
© Gunnlöð Jóna Rúnarsdóttir



SEP.30.2021        JAN.16.2022


KBr Photography Center
Avenida Litoral, 30 – 08005 Barcelona

Tel: +34 93 272 31 80


Opening times:
Mondays (except holidays): Closed.
Tuesday to Sundays (and holidays): 11 am – 7 pm

December 25th, January 1st and 6th

Limited opening hours:
December 24th and 31th, January 5th: 11 am – 3 pm

*The evacuation of the hall starts 10 minutes before closing time. Last access (6:30 pm) only allows a 20 minutes tour to the exhibitions.

How to arrive

Buses: 59, 136, V21, V27, H16, 47, V23

Subway: Line 4 and Line 1

Bicycle racks: 396; 397


Available online in Spanish, Catalan and English. Accessible via mobile without downloads or installations.

Also available in audio device obtainable in the hall (if available).

Price: €4


Ramp for wheelchair access – The three floors of the hall are accessed by a generously-sized elevator.


Locker Service: Temporarily unavailable


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The KBr Flama 21 exhibition comes at a special moment in time for Fundación MAPFRE’s KBr photography center, marking its first year in operation. Being aware of the importance of creating a bridge between the academic world and the professional life of photographers, KBr Flama addresses this aim with the essential involvement of four Barcelona schools that specialize in the study and teaching of photography: Grisart, Idep Barcelona, IEFC, and Elisava, Barcelona School of Design and Engineering. For this first edition in 2021, the four photographers selected are Laura Gálvez-Rhein (Frankfurt am Main, 1998), Blanca Munt (Barcelona, 1997), Gael del Río (Barcelona, 1990) and Gunnlöð Jóna Rúnarsdóttir (Reykjavik, 1992). Their projects were chosen following a viewing by photography professionals Marta Gili, Sergio Mah, Ramón Reverté and Arianna Rinaldo.

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Important: An extensive renovation of our online ticket box is currently in progress. The new application will go live on December 1. For this reason, reservations of any type of ticket after that date will not be available until then. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. Thank you very much.


Ticket PLUS

  • TICKET and AUDIO GUIDE for KBr Flama 21 and Paolo Gasparini. Image Field. The audio guide is accessible online, from the Smartphone, without downloads or installations. An audio device can also be requested in the room (if available).
  • Price: General PLUS: €9. Reduced PLUS: €7. Tuesdays (except holidays): €4.
  • Don’t forget to bring your headphones!


  • Access to KBr Flama 21 and Paolo Gasparini. Image Field.
  • General admission: €5. Reduced ticket beneficiaries: €3.
  • Free Access (€0): Tuesdays (except holidays).

The beneficiaries of free admission must obtain their ticket at the ticket office in the room.

Commented Tour

  • An approach to the exhibition keys from the hand of our cultural mediators.
  • No additional cost upon ticket. Information at reception desk.
  • Prior reservation is required by writing to: cultura@fundacionmapfre.org
  • Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays: 4-7 pm | Fridays and Saturdays: 12-2 pm and 4-7 pm. | Sundays and Hollidays: 12-2 pm.

MAPFRE Clients and Collaborating Entities

  • MAPFRE policyholders have 2 free tickets for these exhibitions. If you're accessing for the first time, check out these simple guidelines.
  • If you belong to any of the entities that collaborate with Fundación MAPFRE, you must obtain your reduced ticket (€ 1) at the ticket office in the room.


  • If you have already purchased a ticket and want to add the audio guide, you can purchase it individually. Price: 4 €
  • Don't forget to bring your headphones!



  • It's mandatory for the group to have a guide or person in charge. To request a guide from the Foundation, ask please for information and rates to: infokbr@fundacionmapfre.org
  • The group must be made up of a minimum of 6 people. Currently, and due to health prevention measures, the maximum number of members (guide included) is 11 pax.
  • It's mandatory for the group to make the tour with the support of an audio-guiding system.
  • Wednesdays: 4 pm - 4:30 pm - 5 pm.
  • The formalization of the reservation implies the acceptance of these Rules for external groups.



Educational activities for schools are developed entirely in Spanish or Catalan. If you are interested please check the pages in those languages.


Family activities for schools are developed entirely in Spanish or Catalan. If you are interested please check the pages in those languages.


  • All entrance tickets give access to the two exhibitions.
  • No refunds or changes are permitted except in the case of justified force majeure.
  • Capacity is currently reduced due to the COVID-19 crisis. Book your ticket online to avoid queues.
  • Due to conservation needs, the rooms maintain a constant temperature of 21º, so it is possible that during the visit it is convenient to bring some light warm clothing.

The KBr Flama 21 exhibition brings together four projects that take us on four very personal journeys to different realities based on memories of the past or aspects of collective identity.

In the first case, Gael del Río and Laura Gálvez-Rhein use family figures (their father and grandfather respectively) as subjects for portraying their personal stories. Gael del Río depicts the process of mourning the absence of her father through a subtle and subjective combination of her father’s engravings and her own photographs. Meanwhile, the work of Laura Gálvez-Rhein, in dealing with the trauma of her grandfather Wolfgang, links the memory of German war children (Kriegskinder) with the life of her relative in an exercise of historical memory.

In the second case, Gunnlöð Jóna Rúnarsdóttir and Blanca Munt focus on the collective stories that make up local realities and identities. Gunnlöð Jóna Rúnarsdóttir immerses herself in the Icelandic people’s popular belief in spirits, elves and the huldufólk (hidden people) to compose a dreamy, multifaceted and contemporary portrait of her country. Blanca Munt sets her sights on the daily realities of her neighborhood, with a clearly anthropological interest, to reveal some of the mechanisms that identify contemporary society, marked by control and fear.

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Ex-Libris, by Laura Gálvez-Rhein: A documentary series featuring the biography of her grandfather Wolfgang F. O. Rhein (born in Berlin in 1937). Wolfgang had a virtually non-existent childhood and adolescence and an adult life dominated by work. After dropping out from his training as a Jesuit priest, he started working as a German teacher in various locations. In Ex-Libris, Laura Gálvez-Rhein uses photographic collage to explore the complexity of memory, oblivion, and dealing with trauma.

Mira-Sol Alert, by Blanca Munt: This project began in 2019 when the photographer became part of a neighborhood chat group set up to monitor the neighborhood and warn others of possible burglaries or other suspicious activities. With a focus on the daily realities of the neighborhood and on group behavior, Blanca Munt has created a portrait of Mira-Sol and its different characters – residents, suspects, police, local administrators – and situations, with which she manages to fully address our own fears and contradictions.

Evocare, by Gael del Río: These photographs speak to us of the artistic relationship between a father and daughter, arising from the need to deal with loss. This autobiographical project emerged from the death of the photographer’s father and explores the relationship between the artistic work of the photographer herself and the graphic art of her father, Carlos del Río. With this work, Gael del Río offers us an intimate and sensitive portrayal of grief. Her desire to translate her intangible feelings into images has led her to transcribe her emotions through the camera, giving rise to expressive and poetic photographs full of evocative elements.

Obscure Presence, by Gunnlöð Jóna Rúnarsdóttir: These photographs are based on the tendency of Icelandic people to believe in spirits, elves and huldufólk (hidden people) and their connection with the supernatural. The photographer based her work on studies and interviews with people who had had supernatural experiences to compose a narrative in images that have a unique atmosphere that closely reflects this connection with the unknown.

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