BENE BERGADO AND THE PERSON

BENE BERGADO. Detail of Garbage Eggs, 2015

 

 

Bene Bergado, Salamanca 1965. She is a “salmantina” artist, who began her career in the nineties. Her work, almost exclusively dedicated to delving into the behaviors of the human condition, helps us to understand the strange mutations between truth and suspicion. Her sculptures, created by complex techniques and difficult to guess, accentuate the mystery of the inspiration to which he submits. These tensions, to which the human being is subjected, are shaped by personal metaphors and external conventions.

 

 

View of the exhibition

 

 

The pressures between the individual and the group, are externalized in this sample treated in an unconventional way. His curator, Manuel Olveira, has not followed an order based on chronological test, since most of the work has been created specifically for the exhibition at MUSAC. The exhibition, presented as a great installation dedicated to the human, places the viewer in micro contexts (home, family, unusual and shocking) that help us to understand the dependencies and interactions in their most primary dimensions.

 

 

BENE BERGADO. Homo capitalensis, 2010

 

 

The series, refer to the measurement of dependence we have on certain objects, such as "junk eggs", which shows us the amount of garbage we generate in a short period of time. The waste, are part of the day to day of the human being, and this artist makes us reflect on it. Environmental and economic concerns are a topical issue, but we seldom stop to assimilate those concerns.

 

 

BENE BERGADO. Leaves of Gaia, 2016. From the series MAPAS, 2015

 

 

The collective way in which we relate contrasts with our innermost being. Each individual is different, but at the same time we all behave in a very similar way. The cultural and the social, condition us when it comes to knowing and behaving. Other facilities, such as "Family plot" created with personal objects of people close to the artist, make us reflect on all of the above. You can enjoy this exhibition until 8 January. If you are in the area, do not hesitate to visit it.

 

 

 

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.