Art Madrid'24 – 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.

 

 

 


 

“I paint in a completely free way, I don't have a plan, it's chaotic, but everything has a reason. I don't prepare anything before I start painting, what I paint is what I feel or try to communicate at that moment, so it changes a lot (from one work to another)”.

Chão limpo e o resto. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

Cultura Inquieta once again joins the experience of discovering and celebrating creative talent within the broad spectrum of artistic expressions present at Art Madrid'24. As a supporter of culture and contemporary art, its commitment to promoting and supporting emerging artists is reflected in a special initiative in this edition: highlighting and supporting the work of the REVELATION ARTIST of the 19th edition.

Só durmo na minha almofada. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

In this context, Ana Malta emerges into the contemporary art scene with a fresh voice and her own visual aesthetic. Born in Lisbon in 1996, Malta is a talented visual artist and freelance designer who has captivated the public with her distinctive approach and bold exploration of the beauty of everyday spaces through her investigations of color.

Her studies in Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon, as well as her Master's Degree in Creative Industries Management at the Catholic University of Portugal in Porto, have provided a solid foundation for her artistic practice. Currently, she also collaborates in the Communication and Production Office of Carpintarias de São Lázaro - Centro Cultural e Galeria Belo-Galsterer, showing her commitment to the cultural fabric of her community. She is also part of the artistic collective VÊS.TRÊS.

Ana Malta has been recognized in several platforms and media, including the 14th Edition of QUADRANTE, Melancia Mag and the SCROLL program of the RTP2 channel. Her participation in the book (AS)ARTISTAS - Ensaio Gráfico sobre Histórias e Práticas Artísticas no Feminino and in the April 21st Edition of Nova Awareness Club underlines her impact and relevance in the contemporary art scene.

Só um é que ganha. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

Ana Malta's work is characterized by her exploration of color, patterns, composition, and texture. These elements are not only vehicles of her plastic and visual expression, but also embody an intimate dialogue between aesthetic restlessness and the transformation of error into opportunity.

It is exciting to see Ana Malta make her debut at Art Madrid'24, represented by Galeria São Mamede (STAND B3). Her presence promises to further enrich the artistic experience of the event, inviting the public to approach the visually captivating and conceptually stimulating universe that the artist creates to narrate the chaos she rearranges in shapes and colors.

Não fico pendurada. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

In a world in constant movement, Ana Malta reminds us of the importance of experimentation and continuous exploration in the search for authentic and sincere artistic expression.

Her work has been REVEALED to us in the 19th edition of ART MADRID, thanks to the precise point of view of CULTURA INQUIETA as a testimony of the transforming power of art. In her hands, the entropy of forms brings us the possible memory of an endless summer; the luminosity of the sun becomes the caress of everyday life; we may even be surprised by the formula of happiness turned into a companion animal.

Ana Malta's pieces combines the restlessness of a space that appears to be in a state of chaos with the delicate synesthesia of vibrating at the velocity of light, nuances, lines and colors in her paintings.