Arte BA 25 anniversary

 

 

 

 

In these 25 years of history, the contemporary art fair of Buenos Aires has enjoyed the participation of over 2,200 galleries and about 9,000 artists from around the world, has been visited by about 2,000,000 people and only in 2015 ArteBA drew more than 80,000 visitors. It's time for a good celebration.

 

 

 

 

Arte BA is organized by arteBA Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is active since 1991 with the aim of supporting artistic production in Argentina and Latin America, searching the market development of local contemporary art and the promotion of Latin American artists on the world market.

 

 

 

 

In the edition of 2016 of Arte BA involves 85 galleries, with almost 50% of local and foreign participation, and has main sections as "Special Projects Patio Bullrich," which is the presentation of a special project of up to three artists, the "Cabinet" section (within the space of a few galleries one or more works of a single artist is displayed), the "Dixit" section with the show "Oasis" that summarizes 25 years of Argentine art and is complete with productions of literature, poetry, music, film, performing arts ... In the "Solo Show Zurich" section the Spanish Manuel Segade (director of Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo CA2M Madrid) proposes six artists and their galleries with individual exhibitions dedicated to the body and performance art. "Barrio Joven Chandon" includes new, different or alternative spaces, artists representing young career and "Island of Editions", section with publishers and independent labels linked to contemporary art.

 

 

 

 

Arte BA, the fair with more history of Latin America, aims to further opening international markets and among new galleries participating are the Spanish Alarcón Criado (Sevilla) and Moises Perez Albeniz (Madrid).
 

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.