Colita photography at Conde Duque Madrid

 

 

 

To concentrate 50 years of career of one of the most active, committed and productive photographers of our contemporary scene is complicated, but not impossible, and have done so in Conde Duque with the exhibition "Colita, ¡porque sí!". Organized by the Foundation Catalunya-La Pedrera, the exhibition is a journey through the path of Isabel Steva Hernández "Colita" the watchful eye of the streets of Barcelona, ??the ethical view of our society, the friend of intellectuals, ...

 

 

 

Her images are not just a portrait of society, but a compendium of sensitivity of the author, her expectations and her opinions about politics, social relations, identity ... and always in pure state, without digital manipulations without cheating, without artifice and without pose, no matter they were profesional or personal projects.

 

 

 

 

 

Infinite issues, her archive spans from political photography, journalism, feminism, local customs and the urban landscape, the world of flamenco, cinema, bullfighting and the phlegmatic "gauche divine" Catalan. The exhibition is thus also a tour of the biography of the photographer, always personally involved in the worlds that she put at her goal and that they ended up being its intimate spaces, their own friends, their ideas and their own vices.

 

 

 

 

In front of her camera have succumbed Terenci Moix, Ana Maria Matute, Maria del Mar Bonet, La Trinca, Paulovsky, Orson Welles, Joan Manuel Serrat, Gabriel García Márquez, Jorge Herralde editor, Juan Marse and Jaime Gil de Viedma, among many others. As she always handles remind "do not consider myself an artist, but a photographer that has fun doing the task" and fun is a nuance that permeates each of his images, a fun that grows of the joy of recognizing the world, in all its extension and contradiction, as something wonderful and using sense of humor used as a weapon of resistance to the powers that be.

 

 

According to exhibition curator, Laura Terré "Colita is not photojournalism as we know it" because behind all her pictures, there is a woman who is showing her look and her point of view.

 

 

 


 

One of the purposes of the “Art Madrid-Proyector’20” program was to offer the opportunity to get to know the work of some invited creators, and, through an interactive talk, allow the public to open a direct dialogue with them. For this reason, from February 12th to 14th, were organised three masterclasses at Medialab Prado with Patxi Araújo, Olga Diego and Lois Patiño, all authors who work with the moving image, but who approach their projects from a diametrically opposite perspective. With this agenda, we were able to discuss three essential lines of current video-creation: the fusion with technology and artificial intelligence, the shaping of performances for documentary purposes and video art with film overtones. We already had the opportunity to remember the session with Patxi Araújo and his site-specific work "Sherezade" created for the Medialab Prado façade. Today we will talk about the meeting we had with Olga Diego and Lois Patiño.

Olga diego, photo by Javier Adiego

Olga Diego’s masterclass has as title: “The flight as a creative matter”. Olga is a multidisciplinary artist who in recent years has focused her work on sculpture and performance or action art, which she later documents with photography and video. This last aspect is one of the most interesting for her when she reflects on how the transformation of the piece from an experiential format to a recorded one takes place, and how individuals have become used to consuming this class of less invasive final products, from a space of comfort that our private devices offer.

One of Olga's main lines of research is related to autonomous flight systems and the creation of artefacts capable of rising with little energy. Can one create a material lighter than air itself? This idea has led her to experiment with numerous scientific forms and concepts, as well as taking a historical journey through the beginnings of flight and the progress of humanity to invent devices capable of flying. It is not just about recovering the history of aviation, something that has a much more technological and commercial side, but to investigate the ideas, experiments and tests that analysed the behaviour of air, the dynamics of flows and the design of individual aerodynamic structures, a concern that the human being showed since the Renaissance, with Leonardo Da Vinci.

Olga Diego, photo by Mario Gutiérrez Cru

Olga recovers many of these concepts and applies them to her recent projects. In her latest proposals, she has also worked with inflatable figures, as an alternative to conducted flight, using plastic materials for its construction. Her last exhibition “The automatic garden”, which could be enjoyed at the Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art and the Lonja del Pescado Exhibition Hall, also in Alicante, is a gigantic installation made up of almost a hundred inflatable-electronic sculptures inspired by the beautiful, extravagant and suggestive characters from the Garden of Earthly Delights, by El Bosco. This cloud of humanoid and zoomorphic figures, which move and beat thanks to the electronic mechanisms that keep them permanently inflated, also portrays the excesses of man, his lack of concern for the invasion of the environment, the overexposure to plastic and the exploitation of natural resources. A composition that focuses on "sin", as an indirect message that was also conveyed in the work of El Bosco.

Masterclass of Lois Patiño. Photo by Marta Suárez-Mansilla

For his part, Lois Patiño's career is intimately connected to film work. “Time and image” was the title of his masterclass. His video pieces, whether brief or feature-long films contain a concern closely linked to film language, but on a path that leaves conventional narratives aside. Among the main motifs that occupy his work, Lois opts for more contemplative aesthetics, where the expressive power of the image itself is prioritised, without seeking too many added effects in conventional cinema through sound effects, dialogues or other devices.





This is why Lois's work is so poetic and lyrical. His proposals incorporate technological innovations to cause very concrete effects in his works, but all of this helps to delve into the issues that concern this creator and that, since his beginnings, have been present in his work.

Lois Patiño, foto de Mario Gutiérrez Cru

Lois Patiño has always been interested in the relationship of the individual with the landscape and how it can modulate our way of behaving in society and determine our idiosyncrasy. To what extent are we dependent on our environment? How is culture defined by its connection to the landscape? These and other questions plague the author's work in which many contemplative images abound.

In addition, Lois presented us in scoop the trailer for his latest feature-long film "Lúa vermella" that a few days after the masterclass was officially presented at the Berlinale - International Film Festival in Berlin 2020.