A scream comes across the sky, exhibition in La Laboral, Gijon

Drones, massive surveillance and invisible wars ... With these ingredients it cooks "A screaming comes across the sky" that focuses on the work of contemporary artists whose work criticise military technology, international data networks and the new cold war that sneaks into the global system that invisibly is responsible for the disappearance of hundreds of civilians every year. 

 

Drones has a major role in the exhibition, the unmanned military artifacts which have achieved great heights of popularity among rescue teams, photographers, mass surveillance, but as has noted Juha Van't Zelfde, exhibition curator and artistic director of Lighthouse (Brighton) "have become powerful weapons of war." "Flying over towns and cities with its cargo of cameras and weapons drones have become synonymous with terror, with overwhelming existential fear, like a memory of the future and that warns us of impending danger," explained Commissioner. 

A screaming... will take place at La Laboral Gijon Art Center  from October 10. It will gather 15 artists from around the world, including Matthew Battles & Ricardo Dominguez, James Bridle, Bureau of Inverse Technology, Harun Farocki, Omer Fast, Laurent Grasso, Mariele Neudecker, Angel Nevarez & Alex Rivera, Trevor Paglen, Marko Peljhan, Liam Young. The exhibition will run until March 2015 and it will be developed under an ephemeral architecture by Miroslav Rajic. 
La Laboral also offers a series of parallel activities associated with the content of the exhibition, as explained to the media, "focuses on the impact caused by armed conflicts in which drones are used and results in a clear criticism how technology and military networks and hide us away from the political and social reality of armed conflict today. "

 

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.