Acting in the shadow, workshops in Reina Sofía Museum

 

The Reina Sofia Museum starts this program for children and young people who want to explore the theatrical part of arts and go from being mere spectators to active participants.

 

 

The gesture, body language, set design, the expressive potential of the light ... These elements used for educational purposes are the backbone of the new activity of the Reina Sofia Museum. An activity based on theatricality as a tool to discover and bring art to all public and the method that allows students to be linked to the work and generate experiences from them.

 

 

Aimed at students in their final years of primary, "Acting in the Shadow" runs with the help of expert educators that explore several selected works from the Collection 2 dating from the 60s, a decade in which artists are especially interested in bringing art to life, even in merging art with life seeking to involve the viewer in his works. Equipo Realidad, Darío Villalba, Yves Klein or Michelangelo Pistoletto serve as a starting point for students to move from observers to participants: from being spectators, to become actors that generate their own experiences.
Around this dichotomy between the role of spectator and actor they will work in a workshop, in which light and shadow theater serves as a vehicle for students, spectators and players at a time, playing with what is also developing, with what is shown and what is hidden voluntarily.

 

 


With this project (which has several branches all based on the theatrical work) Reina Sofía Museum delves into a line of work that seeks to bring contemporary art to young people but also to people with intellectual disabilities, allowing a more direct link with the experience and knowledge of each individual. The design and implementation of this proposal ensure full and independent participation of the own functional diversity of each person. For these activities, the Museum has the support of the Teatre de la Lum Theatre Company.

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.