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An Anthropology of Visual Forgery

Visual Trust is a multi-disciplinary, comparative and innovative project aimed at developing a general theory of (mis)trust in images in the contemporary world.
This project will develop an experimental investigation, both on-line and off-line, on how visual trust is crafted, conveyed and assessed. Complementarily, we set out to understand the mechanisms governing the production, perception and conceptualization of falsity in the field of images, proposing an “ethnography of visual forgery”. This project has been funded by the European Research Council (ERC-Consolidator Grant nº 101002897; PI: Roger Canals, University of Barcelona). 

The project

Studying images through images

Visual Trust assumes a relational approach in the study of images: it aims at analysing how people from different socio-cultural milieu interact with and through images in terms of (mis)trust. Yet we consider that the study of images requires the active using of visual methods and the experimentation with new modes of visual writing and representation. This project will lead to a plurality of outcomes (articles, books, films, exhibitions), thus contributing to current efforts towards a multi-modal and public anthropology.

More about our Project

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On-going Research

Knowledge in the making

In this section, you will find some of the drafts, notes, and “provisory outcomes” of this project. Far from being just “partial or unfinished works”, we consider that these documents permit to better understand how knowledge is generated. They also permit to engage a conversation with a public audience. These documents include: interviews, articles, visual essays and photographs, among others.

More about the On-going Research

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Events and News

The latest occurrences

In this section we will be announcing the activities that will be organised during the development of the project Visual Trust. These include: seminars and conferences, dissemination activities in press and publication of provisory results. Follow us on our Social Networks to keep updated about the unfolding of the project.

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Visual Trust is an ERC project based at the University of Barcelona.

Address: Faculty of Geography and History, C/Montalegre 6, 08001, Barcelona, Spain.

Research Office: 3121

PI Office: 2012



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💥 Postdoc researcher @alkimerol and doctoral researcher @juanfcuyas have published new results on the project's website, entitled: "NASA CHAPEA Mission: Ground Control through Speculative Fiction".

You can't miss it!

Link in the bio.


💥 La investigadora postdoc, @alkimerol , y el investigador doctoral, @juanfcuyas , han publicado nuevos resultados en la página web del proyecto, titulado: “Misión CHAPEA de la NASA: Control terrestre a través de la ficción especulativa".

¡No os lo podéis perder!

Link en la bio.


💥 La investigadora postdoc, @alkimerol , i l'investigador doctoral, @juanfcuyas , han publicat nous resultats en la pàgina web del projecte, titulat: “Missió CHAPEA de la NASA: control terrestre a través de la ficció especulativa".

No us ho podeu perdre!

Link en la bio.

#visualtrust #photography #trust #anthropology #ethnography #research #ub #ERCConsolidatorGrant #reliability #accountability #forgery #nasa #chapeamission
💥 Principal Investigator, Roger Canals, postdoctoral researcher, Alkim Erol, and doctoral researcher, Juan Francisco D. Cuyás, have been creating a visual piece with images from the 360 camera. 

We will soon find out! 

💥 El investigador principal, Roger Canals, la investigadora postdoctoral, Alkim Erol, y el investigador doctoral, Juan Francisco D. Cuyás, han estado creando una pieza visual con imágenes de la cámara 360. 

¡Pronto lo descubriremos!

💥 L'investigador principal, Roger Canals, la investigadora postdoctoral, Alkim Erol, i l'investigador doctoral, Juan Francisco D. Cuyás, han estat creant una peça visual amb imatges de la càmera 360. 

Aviat ho descobrirem!

#visualtrust #photography #trust #anthropology #ethnography #research #ub #ERCConsolidatorGrant #reliability #accountability #forgery #360camera
👏 On Wednesday, 5 July, a seminar entitled: "Graphic Humour and the Nation in Costa Rica (1917 – 1948)" was held by Lloyd Richard Anglin Fonseca of the Universidad Veritas, Costa Rica. 

During the session they were able to discuss the process of identity construction and the use of images in Costa Rica. 

 It was a very interesting seminar!


👏El miércoles 5 de julio se celebró un seminario titulado: "Humor gráfico y nación en Costa Rica (1917 - 1948)", a cargo de Lloyd Richard Anglin Fonseca, de la Universidad Veritas de Costa Rica. 

Durante la sesión se pudo debatir sobre el proceso de construcción de la identidad y el uso de las imágenes en Costa Rica. 

¡Fue un seminario muy interesante!


👏El dimecres 5 de juliol es va celebrar un seminari titulat: "Humor gràfic i nació a Costa Rica (1917 - 1948)", a càrrec de Lloyd Richard Anglin Fonseca, de la Universitat Veritas de Costa Rica. 

Durant la sessió es va poder debatre sobre el procés de construcció de la identitat i l'ús de les imatges a Costa Rica. 

Va ser un seminari molt interessant!

#visualtrust #photography #trust #anthropology #ethnography #research #ub #ERCConsolidatorGrant #reliability #accountability #forgery #costarica
👏 Amanda Bernal (@_amandabernal_) is doing fieldwork in Delta de l'Ebre.

This trip aims to conduct ethnography with photographer Wayra Ficapal (@wayraficapal) and her documentalist Clàudia Herrán (@_claudiaherran). The fieldwork is based on the filming following her project about the territory’s degradation and the testimonies currently living in this area. This journey is in different points of Parc Natural del Delta de l’Ebre, in the province of Tarragona.


👏 Amanda Bernal (@_amandabernal_) está realizando trabajo de campo en el Delta de l'Ebre.

Este viaje tiene como objetivo realizar etnografía con la fotógrafa Wayra Ficapal (@wayraficapal) y su documentalista Clàudia Herrán (@_claudiaherran). El trabajo de campo se basa en la filmación a raíz de su proyecto sobre la degradación del territorio y los testimonios que actualmente viven en esta zona. Este viaje se realiza en diferentes puntos del Parc Natural del Delta de l'Ebre, en la provincia de Tarragona.


👏 Amanda Bernal (@_amandabernal_) està fent treball de camp en el Delta de l'Ebre.

Aquest viatge té com a objectiu realitzar etnografia amb la fotògrafa Wayra Ficapal (@wayraficapal) i la seva documentalista Clàudia Herrán (@_claudiaherran). El treball de camp es basa en la filmació arran del seu projecte sobre la degradació del territori i els testimoniatges que actualment viuen en aquesta zona. Aquest viatge es realitza en diferents punts del Parc Natural del Delta de l'Ebre, a la província de Tarragona.

#visualtrust #photography #trust #anthropology #ethnography #research #ub #ERCConsolidatorGrant #reliability #accountability #forgery #deltadelebre #documentary #documentaryphotography
📸 We share with you some of the pictures from the first congress of the Visual Trust project. 

It was an excellent time to share knowledge with great professionals.

On behalf of the entire Visual Trust team, we would like to thank all those who participated. 

We will share some interim reflections with you very soon!


📸 Compartimos con vosotr@s algunas de las fotos del primer congreso del proyecto Visual Trust. 

Fue un momento excelente para compartir conocimientos con grandes profesionales.

En nombre de todo el equipo de Visual Trust, queremos dar las gracias a tod@s l@s que participaron. 

¡Muy pronto compartiremos con vosotr@s algunas reflexiones provisionales!


📸 Compartim amb vosaltres algunes de les fotos del primer congrés del projecte Visual Trust. 

Va ser un moment excel·lent per a compartir coneixements amb grans professionals.

En nom de tot l'equip de Visual Trust, volem donar les gràcies a tots/es que vau participar. 

Molt aviat compartirem amb vosaltres algunes reflexions provisionals!

#visualtrust #photography #trust #anthropology #ethnography #research #ub #ERCConsolidatorGrant #reliability #accountability #forgery #scientificimage #religiousimages #socialimages #images #religion #social #scientist #visual #congress #visualanthropology #internationalconference #Onimagemaking #image #imagemaking