Kir Royal gallery in Art Madrid?16




Kir Royal Gallery, was born in October 2011 in Valencia with the aim of offering the local audience a vision of international contemporary art with artists from China, Italy, Cuba, Argentina, UK ... and, simultaneously, to boost Spanish artists overseas.







Directed by Juan Cardenas, Kir Royal innovates in exhibition formats and, for example, is organizing "dialogues" between emerging and established artists, exhibitions that pose discursive, thematic and formal connections between artists. One of the most successful was the one that mix the Spanish photographer Fernando Bayona with Dutchman Erwin Olaf.





The gallery has participated in numerous exhibitions in Spain and abroad as The Solo Project (Basel), Art Beijing (Peking), Summa (Madrid), JustMad (Madrid), Madrid Photo (Madrid), The Others (Turin), Swab (Barcelona), Set Up (Bologna) and Scope (Basel). To Art Madrid'16 comes with the work of artists Fernando Bayona, Alessandro Brighetti, Raul, Miguel Scheroff, José Luis Serzo and Martin y Sicilia.



Other artists of the gallery are Mariela Apollonio, Joaquín Artime, Miguel Borrego, Ernesto Canovas, Gil Gijon, Luis Moscardó, Lázaro Navarrete, Josep Tornero and Keke Vilabelda.


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.