Researcher at the foundation Agencia Aragonesa para la Investigación y el Desarrollo (ARAID) at the University of Zaragoza. Doctor of Art History (2002), he has also been a research fellow of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Academy of Spain in Rome (1996) and researcher of the Ramón y Cajal Program in the Higher School of Architecture at the University of Alcalá de Henares (2003-2008). Since 2008 he has been accredited by ANECA as University Professor and in 2010 he obtained the Favorable Certification of the I3 Program, granted by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. Exhibition curator and author of numerous books and articles, he dedicates his research work to the recovery, study and appreciation of the historical photographic heritage (1839-1939).
Manuel Vason’s artistic practice explores the relationship between photography and performance, presence and representation. He considers the capturing of a moment as an act of creation, a ritual towards the illusion of immortality, and an exchange between who is in front and who is behind the camera. The collaborative nature of his practice shapes a unique, hybrid art form and generates new vocabularies. His collaborations to date have produced some of the most iconic images of performance and his work has been published and presented internationally.
Vason was born in Padua, Italy in 1974. He became interested in photography while working in a black and white professional darkroom. After having assisted some of the most celebrated fashion photographers of his generation in Milan, New York, Paris, London and Los Angeles, he pursued a Masters degree in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London. Double Exposures is Vason’s fifth book. It follows Oh Lover Boy! (2001), a two-year collaboration with artist Franko B; Exposures (2002), exploring the body in Live Art; Encounters (2007), which complemented his first solo exhibition at Arnolfini, Bristol; and Still Image Moving a self published project commissioned by In Between Time Festival (2010). In 2012 he presented STILL_MÓVIL, a traveling exhibition of ‘co-creations’ with 45 choreographers from South America. In 2014 he launched the Double Exposures book project at The Photographers Gallery and Tate Britain in London. In 2015, Vason received a grant from Arts Council England for his latest project titled The PhotoPerformer. Vason continues to develop a practice that integrates different media and forms of collaboration.