Constructing Worlds

Liam Young

© Photograph courtesy of Fundación Telefónica


Speculative architect and filmmaker Liam Young (Australia, 1979) works in a hybrid space where architecture and design, film, science and fiction intersect to generate powerful audio-visual pieces that forecast the risks and potential of new technologies. At a time when technological transformation seems to be happening faster than our ability to understand what the effects might be, Young constructs worlds that invite us to explore the possible consequences. In his own words, we don’t need more charts and graphs to show us what’s going wrong with the world, we need to dramatize data to get people emotionally engaged.

Liam Young's work has been exhibited in some of the world's leading museums, including the MET, MoMA, the Royal Academy and the Venice Biennale. His work has been broadcast on the BBC and Channel 4, and he has been nominated for BAFTA awards. He has been a visiting professor at Princeton University and MIT and was on the faculty of the Strelka Institute until its closure. In the performative lecture that the artist will give at the Hay Festival, he will transport us with his words and images to real and imaginary worlds that urge us to review our present and rethink our future.

Liam Young © Fundación Telefónica
Jesús Curiá © Studiolo Candela



For the first time in Segovia, Hay Festival will present a selection of works from Candela Álvarez de Soldevila's Studiolo collection. The common theme of this collection is the heads that she has been collecting for more than three decades, both in sculpted form and in painting, drawing and photography, turning her fascination into a unique and personal collection. Given that the Festival is a gathering of outstanding thinkers and creators in different fields, this exhibition, showcased in the chapel of the Esteban Vicente Museum, is a tribute to the many creators and thinkers who have passed through the Festival and at the same time a call to an ever-imperative reflection on violence and war. The exhibition will show pieces by artists whose works are already considered classics, along with emerging artists, the common denominator being their quality. The selection brings together works by Egon Schiele, Anthony Caro, Jaume Plensa, Pablo Serrano, Manolo Valdés, Martín Chirino, Rafael Canogar, Ana Laura Aláez, Fernando Bellever and Jesús Curia.

Jesús Curiá © Studiolo Candela

Jesús Curiá © Studiolo Candela

Manolo Valdés © Studiolo Candela

Rafael Canogar © Studiolo Candela

Ana Laura Aláez © Studiolo Candela

Egon Schiele © Studiolo Candela

Fernando Bellver © Studiolo Candela

Fernando Bellver © Studiolo Candela



The exhibition 'Commitment to Reality' contains a selection of the work of Bernardo Pérez's professional career as a press photographer in El País newspaper since its foundation in 1976. All the genres he has worked in are represented in the exhibition, including events, politics, reports and portraits. This outstanding reporter has never specialised in any one area; the publication gave him all kinds of assignments at national and international levels, including the role of graphics editor, which he did for many years alongside his news production work. In the main room, the viewer will find a journey back in time along two different tracks, one socio-political and the other cultural, as well as a report that was pivotal in his professional life; a train journey from Patagonia to the border with the United States, and two selections of portraits. His most recent work is to be found in the entrance hall, 'People with Light', which was his contribution to the final Sunday page, and a new edition of the four reports in the series 'The Black Holes of the Planet'. The third room offers a selection of a work in progress: 'Bar'.


(Madrid, 1956)

He began his career in the press with the magazine Personas and El Socialista in 1975. A year later, in 1976, he joined the founding team of the newspaper El País, where he has spent his professional career.

As graphics editor for El País, he has covered all areas of the news: from the major events of the Spanish transition, to international conflicts, such as those in the Middle East, Africa, Central America, the USSR (coup d'état), the East and the Balkans, as well as sporting events such as the Paris-Dakar rally or the Olympic Games. Alongside all this, he produced a series of reports on the Arab world with Juan Goytisolo and Maruja Torres, with whom he also travelled all over America and part of Europe for El País Semanal, where he published portraits of numerous personalities - heads of state, cultural and entertainment leaders, politicians and financiers - and sporting events such as the World Cup and the 2000 Olympic Games. In recent years, he has combined his work as a photographer with work as a graphics editor for the newspaper and supplements, as well as coordinating the photography section as deputy chief.

Photo: © Maysun

Kate Daudy and Sir Konstantin Novoselov have designed a glass sculpture, to be produced by the Segovian studio Vetraria Muñoz de Pablos, internationally recognised as one of the major European artists in the creation and restoration of artistic stained glass. It will be exhibited for the first time during Hay Festival 2022 in the Renaissance courtyards of the Torreón de Lozoya, the ideal venue for it to play with the natural light and the sun's rays.

Following Novoselov's hypothesis, the work is being carried out with materials from the Periodic Table to obtain colours in glass, created through glass fusion by the University of Manchester. They are specifically working with rhenium sulfide, rhenium telluride, vanadium telluride and cobalt chloride, elements that have never before been used for this purpose. Thus, this sculpture will join the body of works that combine art and science and, if successful, will pioneer the use of these new elements of the periodic table, achieving a new method of obtaining colour. The result is a product of the union between art, craftsmanship and science. This piece is part of the overall conceptual project Everything is Connected.





A multimedia visual artist based in London, her work explores and re-evaluates the human experience in the context of the natural world. Although disruptive, her work exudes optimism; sharing the message that the world's current circumstances seem dire, but the future remains in our hands. Her track record includes UK exhibitions at the Saatchi Gallery in London, St Paul's Cathedral, and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Internationally, she has exhibited her work in Paris, Moscow, New York, Palermo and cities in Spain (Madrid, Valladolid, Granada, Segovia and Castellón).


Professor Konstantin Novoselov is the 2010 Nobel Laureate in Physics, for his work, together with Professor Andre Geim, on graphene. He is an artist and scientist, expert in condensed matter physics, mesoscopic physics and nanotechnology. He is a Professor at the Centre for Advanced 2D Materials at the National University of Singapore, and an Honorary Professor at the School of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Manchester, UK. As an artist, he is known for his ink drawings. Since 2017, he and Kate Daudy have joined forces on various art projects, including Everything is Connected and Wonderchaos.



Hailing from the village of São Luís, in the coastal Alentejo, Flora is a Portuguese craftswoman who works in a variety of traditional arts. Self-taught, her most famous art is the creation of glorious paper flowers of various sizes, with which she decorates parties and festivals all over the Alentejo region.

The paper flowers will decorate the stages of the IE University.