Igansi Aballi, retrospective in Reina Sofía Museum

 

 

On October 28 opens, in the museum Reina Sofia, Sin principio / sin fin (Without beginning / without end), a route through the artistic work of Ignasi Aballí (Barcelona, 1958), one of the greatest exponents of conceptual art in our country, with several works never seen before and specially designed for the museum spaces.

 

 

 

Since his early years, Aballí creates to challenge the viewer's attention and tests the power and influence of images using texts, files and documents as tools and as excuses to blow up the meanings, conventions and prejudices. Thus, the invention and reorganization of texts (as the Dada), the appreciation of the materials and processes of creation, the presence and absence, the appropriation and contextualization of images are constant in his work, a job eminently critical with the society in which it develops and which he himself has said it is saturated with images and devoid of meaning.

 

 

Lo oculto, la desaparición... en Biblioteca, de Ignasi Aballí en museo Reina Sofía.

 

 

The exhibition (Without beginning / without end), directs our thoughts to the alleged uselessness of art, and offers a journey through the aesthetic ideas of the artist who questions the very representation of the artwork and asks himself - using paint, sculpture, collage, photography, video, and unorthodox materials (dust, rust, cuts ...) - about the system of conventions on the representation of the work of art, life and art in the contemporary world.

 

 

Repeticiones, listados, catalogación de palabras... en Mapamundi, de Ignasi Aballí en Museo Reina Sofía.

 

 

Within the his "work objects", Aballí includes the analysis of language and, in particular, the relationship between text and image, and the dichotomy between presence and absence (which works with concepts like disappearance, transparency, invisibility and illegibility) . And we must emphasize its desire cataloger and collector, inventories, tireless repetition and inventories - Basic Terminologies color series, Listings, Mapamundi - all made between 1998 and 2015, that have no other purpose than make us see, paradoxically, the difference between things.

 

 

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.