Summa Contemporary fair in Matadero Madrid

 

 

With more than 60 national and international galleries and with the slogan Art in Context, SUMMA starts this Thursday its third edition with emphasis on the necessary connection between the art market and the society of the time. 

 

Imagen cortesía de galería Aina Nowak.

 

The director wanted to stress the idea that art and market are not oblivious to what happens in the world and therefore also in Transversal Section will be two projects in this very line: "How colleting political art" composed by T20 gallery (Murcia), with Democracy and Victor Jaenada among others; aural gallery (Alicante) with Isaac Montoya and Juan José Martín Andrés; the Prometheus Gallery (Milan), with Gabriela Ciancimino and Fabrizio Cotognini; and watersidecontemporary (London), which presents the work of Oreet Ashery. And "Focus Africa", curated by Gabriela Salgado in which Zimbabwe Gallery First Floor Gallery, Filomena Soares (Lisbon), Carlos Carvalho Contemporary Art (Lisbon), Andre Magnin (Paris), A Palazzo Gallery (Brescia) and Carles participate Projects Taché (Barcelona). Africa Focus is defended by De Blas because "contemporary art no longer belongs only to Europe and North America."

 

Imagen Cortesía de GALERÍA AURAL (ALICANTE)

 

 

New in SUMMA, the first fair in autumn in Madrid and, after Paris, the second "hot spot of the art", is the section TRAZOS, a section that reviews the art market of the twentieth century, especially the Spanish, and explores the connections between the twentieth century and contemporary arts. Another novelty is the SUMMA MAG project, curated by Marisol Salanova you selected specialist publishers in art, design, architecture, illustration ... The fair will include the section Madrid photo with various subject lines such as Latin American photography, photo book or photo Spanish in the 30s and 40s S.XX.

 

Imagen cortesía de Galería Hispánica-Contemporánea.

 

Imgen cortesía de galería ESPAI TACTEL.

 

In the General section, the fair has more than 50 galleries, more than half are Spanish and the rest come from the US, Argentina, Colombia, Canada, Mexico, France and the UK. Repeat as Filomena Soares gallery (Lisbon), Galería Enrique Guerrero (Mexico DF); Museum / Fernando Pradilla (Bogota / Madrid) or Luis Adelantado (Valencia / Mexico DF). Moreover galleries as BARÓ (São Paulo), Beta pictorisgallery / MausContemporary (Birmingham, Alabama), The Wrath of God (Buenos Aires) and Ponce + Robles (Madrid) is esntrenan. And will not miss the shot with spaces like Casa Sin Fin (Madrid / Caceres), Aina Nowack / ACC, TRINTA Gallery (Santiago de Compostela) and Space Valverde (Madrid).

 

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.