Art Madrid'23 – VIII edition Ilustratour Festival in Madrid

           

 

 

Over the past seven years, the International Festival of Illustration Ilustratour was held in Valladolid and in its eighth edition, it moves to Madrid to be enjoyed by illustration and drawing lovers.

 

 

 


Until the July 26 at Casa del Lector and other areas of Matadero Madrid, Ilustratour offers over 300 hours of activities with some of the best teachers, among them the great Dario Adanti, creator of Niño Dios and co-founder of Mongolia, and the great revelation of these years, Paula Bonet, with their liquid, fresh and melancholic women. With them, 28 other guest artists will be responsible for the master classes, workshops, debates and meetings have already become a real network in which there are more than 200 registered participants. A figure that ensures the healthy future of illustration in Spain.

 

 

 

 

 

The history of illustration, its novelties and new trends will be the subject of these seven days of festival and in addition, the program includes an humourous drawing workshop and live performances in Central del Diseño DIMAD.

 

In addition to the more professional side, Ilustratour has activities for all ages and public, exhibitions, theater, dance, book presentations and, outside Matadero, the program extends, for example, at the gallery is Mad Mad (c / Pelayo) with a small retrospective of Juan Varela, a Spanish illustrator specialized in nature and that turns 40 years dedicated to this work. It began in the mid-seventies with the Encyclopedia of Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente and has signed his drawings in dozens of books. The sample Mad Mad is going a step further, showing his new artwork, with one foot in the abstract.

 

 

 

Ilustratour includes for the first time, a market of books, fanzines, magazines, original works, all kinds of merchandising and related items illustration.

 


 

 

 

 

In the year 2020 in the heart of Barcelona a wandering gallery was born, the same one that in February 2021 would debut at Art Madrid with an exhibition proposal focused on contemporary portraits; with this subject matter it would manage to create a powerful dialogue between artwork and audience and make the seal Inéditad remain in the history of the event that contained it.

Jean Carlos Puerto. Protección. Oil and copper leaf on wood. 60 x 48. 2021. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Since that first time and until today, the wandering gallery has managed to build projects on otherness, has repositioned in the spotlight the discourses on the LGTBIQ+ collective, has consolidated a group of artists who share its principles of resilience and empathy and the best thing is that it continues to bet from the professionalism and commitment to give voice to the difference.

Claudio Petit-Laurent.. El Joven de la Perla. Oil on wood. 30 x 30 cm. 2023. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Inéditad Gallery, thanks to its founder Luis López, its collaborators and the infinite possibilities manifested in the works of the artists it represents, is a gallery that has demonstrated its capacity and courage to stimulate the sensibility of the public through art and seduce a generation that moves between the glass window and the analogical story. Inéditad is a nomadic gallery that has gathered around it a community of artists and has moved the context with exhibition projects that think about LGTBIQ+ art without prejudices.

Pepa Salas Vilar. Las marcas del arcoiris. Oil on canvas. 40 x 50 cm. 2022. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Pride and Prejudice was inaugurated. An exhibition that brings together the works of sixteen artists: Abel Carrillo, Alex Domènech, Carlos Enfedaque, Silvia Flechoso, Jamalajama, Daniel Jaén, Claudio Petit-Laurent, Jean Carlos Puerto, Fernando Romero, Pablo Rodríguez, Pepa Salas Vilar, Jack Smith, Pablo Sola, Bran Sólo, Elia Tomás and Utürüo. Painting, illustration, photography and digital art are the manifestations that bring into dialogue around fifty neatly threaded pieces, in a discursive line that discusses such a latent phenomenon as discrimination. To achieve this, the artists invited to the exhibition question themselves whether: Does discrimination exist within the LGTBIQ+ collective?

Pride and Prejudice Official Poster. Image courtesy of the gallery.

With approaches on and from the body, the proposal invites to celebrate diversity, proposes to question and self-question the prejudices and attitudes of society against the collective. Pride and Prejudice is a space for dialogue about the constructs imposed on us by society. It is also an oasis in which to deconstruct with tolerance and respect the subjectivities that sometimes prevent us from approaching the production of the participating artists, simply because "the beautiful" does not fit in an androgynous body. The subjugation of stereotypes are pressed with determination to find the beauty of diversity in other palpable facets of reality.

Pablo Sola. All men are dogs. Photography. 2014. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Throughout these three years Inéditad has stimulated the vindictive projection towards bad practices, has questioned estates around the LGTBIQ+ body and the most admirable thing, is that these capacities have resurfaced around the dialogue and the visual narrative of the stories that are told from the visual: Artworks that are people, art that is, per se, humanity. Overcome impositions and accept what is different in order to continue fighting against homophobia, biphobia, lesbophobia or transphobia and defend the equal rights that all the acronyms of the collective deserve in our community.

That's Pride and Prejudice: One creature, the happiest in the world. And maybe other projects and other people have said it - or felt it - before, but none so fairly.

Silvia Flechoso. Hola, soy maricón. Oil on canvas. 73 x 54 cm. 2023. Image courtesy of the gallery.

From June 8th until June 22nd you can visit Pride and Prejudice. Carrer de Palau núm. 4. Canal Gallery space. Barcelona.