BIO

Manuel Alvarez Diestro (Santander, 1972) is a filmmaker and photographer.
SOLO ART EXHIBITIOS

CENTRO CÍVICO TABACALERA, Santander Transversal” curated by Arancha Vidal, Santander 12 jul-30 Sep 2021.
DONGSHISANGYOUNG, “Displacements”, Seoul, South Korea - September 2019.
ASIA HOTEL ART FAIR 2018, "Boxification", Intercontinental Grand Seoul Hotel, South Korea - 23th-27th August 2018.
PALBOK ART FACTORY, "Boxification", Jeonju, South Korea - July 2018.
CAVERNA DE LA LUZ, “El fantasma en la maquina”, curated by Lidia Gil, Santander, Spain - January 2018.
FUNDACION VALVI, “Natural”, curated by Magui Noguer, Gerona, Spain - Junee 2015.
BACKLIGHT PHOTO FESTIVAL, “Distant Natures”, curated by Tuula Alajoki, Tampere, Finland - October-November 2014.
JUST AFRICA, “Kairo”, curated by Olof Lof, Stockholm, Sweden - 28th January-21th March 2012.
CAIRO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, “Trazos de Identidad”, Cairo, Egypt - October 2010.
GROUP EXHIBITIOS

VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, from May 10 to June 03 2021, Venice, Italy
ARTE LISBOA 2010, Lisboa, Portugal - 24th-28th November 2010.
FORO SUR 2010, Iberoamerican Festival of Contemporary Art, Caceres, Spain - April 2010.
MUSEUM OF THE MEDITERRANEAN, "Waste Collection", Stockholm, Sweden - May 2010.
ARTE SANTANDER 2009, Santander, Spain - 22th-26th July 2009.
DEL SOL ST. GALLERY “At this moment”, Santander, Spain - 19th June-11th July 2009.
FILM FESTIVALS (FEATURED FILMS)

Trains Bound for the Sea, Molodist International Film Festival, Kiev, June 2021
Trains Bound for the Sea, Semana de Cine de Lugo, Sep 2021
Trains Bound for the Sea, ZONAZINE, Malaga Film Festival, Spain - August 2020.
FILM FESTIVALS (SHORT FILMS)

The Trader, Delete TV, online film festival. June 2020.
APM, 16 Transterritorial de Cine Underground, Buenos Aires, Argentina - 31th October 2019.
APM, Festival Cinemistica, Granada, Spain - November 2019.
APM, Cinetekton, International Film & Architecture Film Festival, Puebla, Mexico - November 2019.
APM, Ponferrada International Film Festival, Ponferrada, Spain - October 2019.
APM, Suburbinale film festival, Vienna, Austria - September 2019.
The Trader, Art Quake Kyoto (Crativity Biennale of Art), Kyoto, Japan - April 2019.
The Trader, Zoom International Film Festival, Jalenia Gora, Poland - February 2018.
The Trader, Festival Internatiional du Film de Nancy, France - September 2017.
The Trader, Brooklyn Film Festival, New York, USA - June 2017.
The Trader, Ischia Film Festival, Ischia, Italy - June 2017.
The Trader, Pielagos en Corto Film Festival, Spain - May 2017.
The Trader, Cine Autopsia. Bogota, Colombia - May 2017.
The Trader, Ecozine Film Festival, Zaragoza, Spain - April 2017.
The Trader, Fargo Film Festival, USA - March 2017.
The Trader, Speechless Film Festival, Mankato, USA - April 2017.
The Trader, Portland International Film Festival, USA - March 2017.
The Trader, MVFF hosted by the California Film Festival, San Rafael, USA.
The Trader, Festival International de Cine Silente, Puebla, Mexico - November 2016.
Displacements, Montenegro Film Festival, Herceg Novi, Montenegro - August 2015.
Displacements, Teheran Silent International Film Festival, Iran - April 2015.
Displacements, Regensburg International Film Festival - 25th March 2015.
Displacements, Chicago Underground Film Festival, USA - 17th May 2015.
Displacements, Little Rock Film Festival, USA - 12th May 2015.
Displacements, Zoom International Film Festival, Jalenia Gora, Poland - February 2015.
Displacements, Fargo Film Festival, USA - 28th Feb 2015.
Displacements, Oxford International Film Festival, USA - 28th Feb 2015.
Displacements, Exground Filmfest, Wiesbaden, Germany - November 2014.
Displacements, Greenfest Film Festival, Belgrade, Serbia - October-November 2014.
Displacements, Luksuz Film Festival, Krsko, Slovenia - 5th December 2014.
Displacements, UK Film Festival, London, UK - November 2014.
Displacements, Southampton International Film Festival, UK - October 2014.
Displacements, Ponferrada Film Festival, Spain - October 2014.
Displacements, Cine de Septiembre, Mazatlan, Mexico - October 2014.
Displacements, Shorts Shorts Film Festival, Mexico DF, Mexico - September 2014.
Displacements, Seoul International New Media, South Korea - September 2014.
Displacements, Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico - August 2014.
Displacements, Festival de Cinema de Girona, Spain - August 2014.
Displacements, IVAHM 14 - International Video Art House, Madrid, Spain - June 2014.
Displacements, Perth Revelation Film Festival, Australia - August 2014.
Displacements, Frozen Film Festival, San Francisco, USA - July 2014.
Displacements, Concorto Film Festival, Piacenza, Italy - 25th October 2014.
Displacements, Festival de Cine Ciudad de Astorga, Spain - September 2015.
Displacements, London Independent Film Festival, UK - April 2014.
Displacements, Belgrade Documentary and Shorts Film Festival, Serbia, 2nd-6th April 2014.
Displacements, Speechless Film Festival, Mankato, USA - 20th-22th March 2014.
Displacements, Festival International du Film d´environnement, Paris. France - 4th-11th February 2014.
Never Again This Flower, Malaga International Film Festival, Spain - March 2014.
Never Again This Flower, Molodist International Film Festival, Ukraine - October 2013.
Never Again This Flower, ZINEBI, Bilbao, Spain - November 2013.
Never Again This Flower, ABYCINE 2013, Albacete, Spain - 25th October - 1st November 2013.
Never Again This Flower, Bunter Hund short film Festival, Munich, Germany - October 2013.
Displacements, Message to Man Film Festival, Saint Petersburg, Russia - 21st-28th September 2013.
PUBLISHED (PHOTOGRAPHY)

METALOCUS,“Open City through vertical mobility” by Jose Juan Barba, Sep 2021
PUBLICO,“Santander nao e so um postal com vista para o mar” by Mariana Duraes, sep 2021
NEOCHA,“Squared Away, Manuel Alvarez Diestro examines the ports of Asia” by Chen Yuan, July 2021
VARIETY,“Trains Bound For the Sea: Cinema as experiencing more than knowing”, By Anne Marie Corvin, nov 2020
DOMUS WEB,“Chinese megacities photographed through high speed train windows” by Raffaele Vertaldi, May 2021
ARQUITECTURA VIVA,“China High Speed Trains”, May 2021
PUBLICO,“China High Speed Cities” by Mariana Duraes, May 2021
CONSENTINO,Iran’s New Landscape, oct 2020 (Paper Edition)
A PUNT MEDIA, Interview on TV about Benidorm Empty Hotels, Dec 2020
ATHENS VOICE, Interview about Benidorm Empty Hotels, 12 Dec 2020
DOMUS WEB, “Empty Hotels in Benidorm as a metaphor of the moment”, 01 dec 2020
ELLE DECOR, “Interview about Benidorm Empty Hotels”, 06 dec 2020
PUBLICO, “A covid -19 Esvaziou os hotéis de Benidorm” by Mariana Duraes, 23 Nov 2020
ITS LIQUID, “DOHA by Manuel Alvarez Diestro”, 25 sep 2020
CNN (Arabic) , Interview to Manuel Alvarez Diestro on “Dubai” - May 2020.
KOOZARCH , Interview to Manuel Alvarez Diestro on “The new landscape of Iran” - May 2020.
ELLE DECOR, “Nuovi Quartieri Di Teheran” written article by Stefano Annovazzi - May 2020.
ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST (Middle East Edition), “Dubai” - April 2020.
OPENLAB, “Interview to Manuel Alvarez Diestro” - November 2019.
VOSTOK ARTS MAGAZINE, “Dystopia” (paper edition) - March 2019.
FARE MAGAZINE, “Seoul Bridges” (paper edition) - March 2019.
ARCHDAILY, “Toronto’s apartments”, researched article by Evan Pavka - February 2018.
ARCHDAILY, “Doha”, researched article by Zoya Gul Hasan - October 2017.
LOG JOURNAL, “Korean Church”, Postcard Edition, number 40 - July 2017.
ARCHDAILY, “Beirut Mountain”, reviewed by Thomas Musca - May 2017.
HARPER’S BAZAAR, “Manuel Alvarez Diestro”, paper edition - December 2016.

WIRED MAGAZINE, “Seoul Bridges” reviewed by Laura Mallonee - September 2016.
ITS NICE THAT, “Seoul Bridges” reviewed by Owen Pritchard - August 2016.
ARCHDAILY, “Korean New Towns” reviewed by Marie Chatel - July 2016.
ARQUITECTURA VIVA PROYECTOS, “New Cairo/Dystopia”. Paper edition - October 2015.
THE ATLANTIC, “Seoul Bridges” reviewed by John Metcalfe - September 2016.
THE ATLANTIC, “Alexandria Apartments” reviewed by John Metcalfe - April 2015.
THE ATLANTIC, “Pigeon Towers” reviewed by John Metcalfe - September 2014.
BOUNDARIES ARCHITECTURE MAGAZINE, “Architecture and Utopia”, paper edition - December 2013.
DOMUS WEB, “New Thames”, Domus Magazine - January 2014.
IT’S NICE THAT, Amphitheaters” reviewed by Maisie Skidmore - November 2013.
ENGAWA 13, “Mountains against Mountains, paper edition - April 2013.
THE ATLANTIC CITIES, “Amphitheaters” reviewed by John Metcalfe - November 2013.
FOREIGN POLICY MAGAZINE, “Playgrounds of the world” - May 2013.
TOPOS MAGAZINE “Gated City in the Desert”, paper edition, number 82 - March 2013.
MONU, MAGAZINE ON URBANISM, “New Cairo”, paper edition - September 2012.
MARK MAGAZINE, “Letter from Cairo”, paper edition - Janyary/February 2011.
BLUEPRINT MAGAZINE, Architecture & Design, “London Construction Walls” - June 2012 and “New Cairo”, paper edition, July 2010.

Other leading design publications, DEZEEN (3 articles), FUBIZ (3 articles), BOOMDESIGN (19 articles) and Arquitectura Viva (15 articles).
COMPETITIONS / AWARDS

Special Mention for TRAINS BOUND FOR THE SEA” at Semana de cine de Lugo, 2021
Gold winner for Boxification (single winner) at the Budapest Foto Awards - 2019.
Honorable mention for Seoul Bridges at the Tokyo International Foto Awards - 2019.
Best Experimental Film for The Trader, at the Oxford International Film Festival, USA - 2017.
Best Experimental Film for The Trader, at the Festival Internacional de Cine Silente, Puebla, Mexico - 2016.
Special Mention for The Trader, at the Fargo Film Festival - 2017.
Jury Prize III, at the Short Waves Film Festival, Poznan, Poland - 2015.
Special Mention for Displacements, at the Cap Spartel Film Festival, Tangier, Morocco - 2015
Winner Best Experimental Short-film for Displacements, at the Speechless Film Festival, Mankato USA - 2014.
First Accessit in Short-film for Displacements “Nueva Creació”, at the Girona Film Festival, Spain - 2014.
Best Editing in short documentary for Displacements, at the Southampton Film Festival, UK - 2014.
Special Mention for Displacements, at the Greenfest Film Festival, Belgrade, Serbia 2014
Finalist for Never Again This Flower, in Architecture section, at the Ponferrada Film Festival, Spain - 2014.
Winner Best Experimental Film for Displacements, at the Lyon International Film Festival - 2013.
"Pyramids", photographic series selected for the Descubrimientos PHE 2012, Madrid, Spain - 2012.
Winner with Algiers Parabolic Facades, “Log journal” First Postcard Competition, New York - 2009.
COLLECTIONS / Other

Museum of Modern Art (MAS), Santander.
Fundación Valvi.

Manuel became Honorary Citizen in the city of Jeounju, South Korea - September 2017.