Photojournalist Sandra Balsells, Ortega y Gasset awarded, in the premiere of Chris the Swiss
Sandra Balsells (Barcelona, 1966), freelance photojournalist, will present the Q&A in the premiere of Chris the Swiss, the film directed by the cineast and illutrator Anja Kofmel.
Graduated in journalism at the Universidad Autónoma of Barcelona and also has Postgraduate Diploma in Photojournalism at London College of Printing, Sandra Balsells counts with a long professional career documenting the Balcan conflicts.
In 1991, coinciding with the breakup of former Yugoslavia, she covers the outbreak of war in Croatia collaborating as a freelance photographer with the British newspaper The Times. Between 1991 and the end of 2000, much of her photographic career focuses on the Balkans, where she documents the most significant events of successive Yugoslav wars in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo, working with various national and foreign media. She has also worked on numerous features in Israel, Palestine, Mexico, Romania, Canada, Cuba, Mozambique, Haiti and Sicily.
Is the author of Balkan in Memoriam (Blume, 2002), an extensive photographic work through the most turbulent decade in former Yugoslavia. In the television field, she is the co-author of the documentary films Dying for the Truth (Channel 4, 1994) and Portraits of the Soul (TVC, 2004). She has participated in over fifty solo and group exhibitions and her work appears in various public and private collections.
In 2006 she won the Ortega y Gasset Prize in the category “Best News Feature” for her work on the war and postwar years in former Yugoslavia. Since 1995 she has been combining her work as a photojournalist with the teaching of photography at the University Ramon Llull of Barcelona.
The premiere of Chris the Swiss will take place in Cinemes Girona (Girona street, 175, Barcelona) on February, Thursday 6th at 7.30 PM.
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