Fernando Bellver In Tabacalera Madrid

 

 

80 works in 9 sections - including engravings, etchings, oil paintings, sculptures, light boxes (lentegrafías) - run through 30 years of work dedicated to the graphic work with a constant sense of humor. As stated in the text developed for the exhibition, Bellver "rejects the fable of the artist's creativity and ridicules the myth of the creative artist, which serves to form his own legend, its own character. It argues that art is something inconsequential, a mockery able to get away from the seriousness of life. "

 

 

 

 

The National Graphic Award in 2008 has invented and reinvented his art by copying, mixing and contrasting the art of others, to shape a full particular universe of references to pop culture, Dadaist philosophy, cinema ... "On every occasion, I search more and more in what the each language means. My style is quite technical and horror vacui. I do not leave large spaces or large gaps, I always filled all the space of the work. I think the style it's really like that. The rest, are languages, "says the artist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until 28 August, "Bellver. Fleeting Life", curated by Felipe Hernández Cava, and organized by the Office for the Promotion of Fine Arts in the main hall of Tabacalera Art Promotion allows us to know a little more the iconographic universe of an artist often called unpersonal and perhaps because of that, he creates in total freedom: "It's fun to use different languages. Be a different person every time you go to the studio and do not repeat yourself in an obsessive way for people to recognize you. If the people doesn't recognize my work... I give a damn. "

 

 

 

 

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.