ARTISSIMA2014 holds its 21st edition in Turin

 
From 7 to 9 November, Turin celebrates ARTÍSSSIMA 2014, the international contemporary art fair which celebrates its 21st edition in the Oval Lingotto Fiere.
 

More than 190 galleries, 34 countries and a special exhibition dedicated to Maurizio Cattelan, Myriam Ben Salah and Marta Papini, entitled "Shit and Die" in the Palazzo Cavour ... It would be a good claim in it self but ARTISSIMA 2014 ( according to its director Sarah Cosulich) "wants to stand out with its own personality to survive with major international competition"... and it they get it considering it is the fifth show in the list of the 30 most important international exhibitions of contemporary art world, according the study of American consultancy Art Market Research Skate's.

 

Artissima is probably the most experimental and avant-garde of the fairs and in his 2013 edition was visited by around 50,000 visitors. 2014 has 194 galleries, mostly European but also the arrivals from China, Israel, United States, Portugal and Latin America. The Spanish representation comes on the heels of Casado Santapau (Madrid), ProjecteSD (Barcelona), Sabrina Amrani (Madrid) and PM8 (Vigo).

 
 
ARTISSIMA 2014 has five main sections organized by 40 curators and dedicated to: established galleries, emerging, young artists, artists who were active between 1960 and 1980, editions of art (books, prints, engravings and works in series). There will also be proposals and new spaces at the fair, as PER4M, a special section devoted exclusively to the performances. His section "Back to the Future", includes 25 solo shows of "works by 'museum quality' of the 60s, 70s and 80s", curated by João Fernandes, deputy director of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid ); Beatrix Ruf, director of the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam); Jochen Volz, chief curator of the Serpentine Gallery (London); and Douglas Fogle, independent curator.
 

 

The CEART opens this Thursday, November 14th in the room A an exhibition dedicated to this master of photography, which will be open to the public until February 9th. The show includes one of the artist's latest projects, focused on the hard work carried out by the miners of Serra Pelada, an open gold mine in the heart of Brazil where employees daily risked their lives.

Immigration, poverty, marginal life, slave labour, man's relationship with the land, the use of natural resources... are issues that have always fascinated Salgado. From the beginning of his career as a photographer, his work has opted to give visibility to the most disadvantaged groups and to create with his images a vivid and impressive visual story without fakes. With a raw black and white, this author's work transits between photo-reportage and naturalistic photography.

And the idea that permeates all his work is human dignity. Salgado portrays employees, miners and gatherers from a purely humanistic approach that wants to value their integrity, their strength and their resilience.

“If you photograph a human, so that he is not represented in a noble way, there is no reason to take the picture. That is my way of seeing things.”

Salgado entered this discipline long after completing his studies in economics between Brazil and the United States, and a doctorate in statistics in France. But in 1973 his life took a turn, and he decided to start his career as a photographer. He achieved to work at the Gamma Agency and Magnum Photos for more than 15 years until in 1994 he founded his own agency “Amazonas Imagen”.

With the “Gold” project, the photographer portrays a harsh reality that takes place in the Serra Pelada mine, a name given to a totally devastated and anarchically excavated mining enclave, the world's largest open-pit gold mine, through which more than 50,000 people have passed. In the heat of the legends about the mysterious “El Dorado”, the enthusiasm for this precious metal led to the development of strenuous exploitation practices for the workers and to originate tales of grief and glory, of human victory and defeat between the soil, the tunnels and the cargo baskets.

The CEART exhibition brings together Salgado's full portfolio in his characteristical black and white and large-format photographs that leave no one indifferent.