The cuban gallery Collage Habana in Art Madrid\'15drid\'15

El sueño del navegante. Roberto Fabelo.

 

Directed by Maria Milian Merique, Collage Habana Is, since 2004, the visual arts entity of the Cuban Cultural Fund, with more than 30 years of work in promoting Cuban artists.

 

Located in the heart of the city of Havana, the gallery brings together other galleries and a diverse array of artists, from national awards as Manuel Mendive and Alfredo Sosabravo even the most novice, also artists such a National Award as Nelson Domínguez and Alexis Leyva Machado (Kcho), reflecting the aesthetic plurality of island art.

 
 

Roberto Fabelo.

 

Collage Habana Gallery is one of the most interesting examples of Cuban art and brings to Art madrid a solo-show of Roberto Fabelo painter, draftsman, engraver, illustrator and sculptor.

 

 

Delicatessen. Roberto Fabelo.

 

Fabelo studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Havana and in the National School of Art and the Superior Institute of Art. He is a member of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) and the International Association of Visual Artists. He has received numerous awards and citations, including the UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of Fine Arts in Paris (1996), the National Arts Award (2004) and the Distinction for National Culture, granted both by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Cuba.

 

Roberto Fabelo has over 30 solo exhibitions and dozens of group exhibitions worldwide. His works are part of public and private collections as the collection of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Cuba (MNBA), the Wifredo Lam Center in Cuba, the Museum of Modern Art in New Delhi, Museum of Modern Art in the City of Mexico, Nordillaan Kunstmuseum of Denmark, the permanent collection of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the UN headquarters in New York among others and in various galleries worldwide.


 

 

 

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.