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“Forging a contemporary Perú in permanent dialogue with its history and its great cultural, artistic and architectural legacy”, this is the compromise with which the 2nd edition of ART LIMA starts.
 
The Fair, that is celebrated from Thursday the 20th to Sunday the 23th March, 2014, into the Escuela Superior de Guerra del Ejército del Perú facilities, looks for become established into international art fairs's calendar, as MACO from México and ArtBO from Bogotá have already done.
 
Perú's Capital will host during this week international gallerists, specialists, curators, academics and collectionists, linked to contemporary art, that will enjoy more than 300 works of peruvian artists, but also names arrived from all around the world, among which we can stand out some recognized artists as Marina Abramovic, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Roberto Matta, Fernando de Szyszlo, José Tola or Wolfgang Tillmans.
 
Into its cultural and academic activities program, developed in different places of the city, ART LIMA has reserved a very special day to the chat-conference of Luis Camnitzer, one of the biggest referents of Latin-American conceptual art, but we can also attend the conference of Pablo León de Barra, curator at Guggenheim Museum of New York.
 
Photography has an important place in ART LIMA, which dedicates two meetings to peruvian photographers: one with acclaimed names as Martín Chambi, the Vargas brothers, Baldomero Alejos or Juan Manuel Figueroa Aznar, and another one to emerging and contemporary photographers.

 

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.