Pep Llabres Art Contemporani in Art Madrid?16



Obra de Eok Seon Kim



Pep Llabrés started in April 2015 this new project, Pep Llabrés Contemporary Art, after several years of professional career with the gallery Joan Oliver Maneu. After this extensive tour in the world of art begins a new adventure, this time alone and with a multidisciplinary approach that results in a combination of activities, exhibitions, events, always related to contemporary art and combining works from young talents with the already established artists.



Obra de Robert Ferrer i Martorell


Pep Llabrés aims to convert this space into a project "young and dynamic spirit," for what he plans to schedule two exhibitions a year with international artists.



Obra de Ruben Torras



The gallery works with artists such as Albo Puigsever, Maria Colom, David Philip, Margalida Scales, Natasha Lebedeva, Fernando Soberats, Robert Ferrer i Martorell (who we met in the last edition of Art Madrid with its fantastic estructures in plastic and methacrylate as contemporary microcosms), Eok Seon Kim, Martin and Ruben Mas Torras Llorca, whose collages and mixed media blended with classic prints and old posters results in an interesting universe. With these last four, Pep Llabrés come to the 11th contemporary art fair Art Madrid'16.


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.