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.

 

 

 


 

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.