Plom Gallery in Art Madrid\'15

Now that the fair has just passed and this needed stage to do balance and analysis of achievements and mistakes of this 10th edition starts, from Art Madrid we remain with the fabulous sensation of having counted on an exceptional collaborator: La Plom Gallery. Thank to this gallery we could offer a kids' workshop to complete our parallel activities program.

 

This workshop obeys to the genuine idea and initiative of La Plom gallery, art gallery placed in Barcelona, and with hardly a year of trajectory, that shares with us this spirit that seeks to involve the children and make them take part of art world since the first beginning. La Plom has wanted to apply a new perspective to contemporary art ant to explore the communicative possibilities and the learning capability that kids have throughout activities, workshops and samples with which starting to stimulate their interest and pleasure for plastic disciplines. As its manager, Martha Zimmermann, points out in the presentation text of this space, it is about making profit out of "the power of art like an educational and an human development tool for children, that stimulates the creativity, the imagination, the effort culture and the self-confidence".

 

And for doing so, La Plom develops activities in which "real art" is made, because the proposed activities are addressed by active artists with pedagogical education, which allows them to approach the kids to the techniques they use in a dynamic and funny way to learn playing. Besides, La Plom highly believes in the education in art and the need of publishing the works and their creators in order to improve the interest in the sector and to encourage since the childhood the "little size" collectionism.

 

For Art Madrid, La Plom has organised the workshop "Drawing with machines", led by the artists Gonzalo Elvira, performative and multidisciplinary artist, and Rafa Castañer, illustrator, with the collaboration of the educators Anamusma and Kae Newcomb. During the workshop, the kids had the opportunity of knowing new creative techniques: drawing on a disk, the infinite drawing roll and the manufacture of projectable slides. The activity has place in the resting area of CentroCentro Cibeles the Saturday, 28th of February, and the Sunday, 1st of March, while the art fair was being developed, so the children could visit it after with their parents.

We would like to thank Martha and La Plom for her artistic project and for having brought this workshop that families have so much enjoyed.

 

 

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.