V Art Biennale of ONCE Foundation

The Biennale of ONCE Foundation was created in 2006 as response to the need of people with disabilities to access to the culture in a standardized way, to eliminate prejudices on artistic creation and to give effect to the professionalization of people with disabilities in the world of Art. In this sense, the Biennale pursues two major goals of ONCE Foundation: accessibility (accessible culture for all the people, working from different policy areas, universal accessibility...) and inclusion (access for disable artists to the circuit of the Art market, achieving social inclusion and employment). 
 
In 2014, the fifth edition of the Biennal, on view at Cibeles CentroCentro from May 21 to September 15, thematically revolves around human diversity and body "valuing difference as a quality of being and disability as a potential, including being one of the key objectives", according to the organization of ONCE Foundation.

According to the director of Universal Accessibility of ONCE Foundation, Jesús Hernández, "the Foundation seeks to convey the concerns of the institution through the Art Biennials. In this regard, in previous editions it has addressed the issue of language and landscape to discuss accessibility and, in the current issue, we talk about human diversity to claim that we are all different but all have the same rights. "

Serie HUMANAE, de Angélica Dass

The 5th Contemporary Art Biennal of ONCE Foundation presents, with a careful selection made by the curators Miguel Cereceda and Giulietta Speranza), the work of 39 artists, with and without disabilities, that show their interpretation of the world and their personal way to communicate.

De Natura Deorum, de Carlos Aires
The exhibition, included in Photoespaña 2014, includes works by José María Cano and his son Daniel Cano (who suffers from Asperger syndrome), Luis Perez-Minguez (prestigious photographer with physical disabilities and part of the 80´s madrilian "movida"), Cristina García Rodero (Spanish photographer first woman in the international photo agency Magnum), Victor Meliveo (photographer and video artist visually impaired) and other names as Angel Baltasar, Javier Campano, José Manuel Egea, Carlos Franco, Miriam Jiménez, Ramón Losa, Eduardo Matute (DUDU), Paloma Navares, Carme Ollé i Coderch, Ricardo Dew, Ricardo Rojas, Ángel Rojo, Rafael Sanz Lobato, Cuco Suarez, Vicens Talens, John Tower, Kurt Weston, Marina Abramovic, Carlos Aires Miquel Barcelo, Daniel Canogar, Pedro Castrortega Angelica Dass, Esther Ferrer, Daniel Firman, Jorge Fuembuena, Germán Gómez, Kaarina Kaikkonen, Leiro Francisco, Isabel Muñoz, Jaume Plensa, Bernardi Roig, Serrano and Marina Belen Vargas.
Equipo de MÁSCARAS, dentro del Ciclo de Cine de la V Bienal Fundación ONCE.
The Biennal proposes a diverse accesible program of activities, workshops, round tables, performing arts (dance, theater) and film series. This year also, the Biennal features works by artists like Jaume Plensa, provided by the MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona); Marina Abramovic, provided by Telefónica Collection; Miquel Barceló or Juan Muñoz, from the Helga de Alvear Collection.

 

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.