4th edition of MULAFEST Urban Culture festival in Ifema

There is only one place where skaters, tattoo artists, graffiti and underground art lovers meet each other, a site with delicious Street Food and concerts of electronic music, rap, breakdance sessions ... That place is the MULAFEST, hot spot of urban culture and that its last edition gathered more than 30,000 people in the space of the IFEMA Trade Fair.
 
MULAFEST opens this Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 will delight lovers of street culture, street art, alternative music, engine and ink and also with novelties.
 
This year the Festival opens GALLERY MULAFEST, a new space for underground galleries of Madrid, six specialists in urban art, urban installation and illustration as Swinton & Grant, Espositivo, Gunter Gallery, La Fiambrera, Combustión Espontánea and creative hubs as Espacio Oculto and El Keller that will display the work of several artists such as E1000, Boamistura, Sabez, Ivan Solves and DosJotas. In addition, it will be presented the collective mural made by Ricardo Cavolo with more than 100 people last year.
Cavolo is also one of the illustrators who, during the exhibition "Zurbarán: a new look" at the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum, will revisit one of the masterpieces of the Baroque, the "Santa Casilda" (1630 1635), with different styles and contemporary readings. There will be plenty of graffiti battles: 2 artists, 6 colors and six minutes; or the urban art workshops for children.
In the musical section will be concerts by Jon Hopkins, Hudson Mohawke, 2ManyDJs or the British pop band Is Tropical. And if among tattoo, parkour, skate and dance you do not find place to keep the money, do not worry, they have thought about it and have the smart bracelet "Cashless", a system that will facilitate entry and which also you can pay all your and beverage purchases. Happy MULA!

 

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.