Art Madrid'24 – A cultural cycle to reflect upon the history of LGTBIQ activism

 

 

Although nowadays talking about the LGTBIQ collective is usual and, fortunately, many social boundaries regarding the understanding, adapting and integration of the group have been overcome, the truth is that a large lack of awareness on the nature of the transgender problem does still exist. Actually, we no longer talk of LGTB, but of LGTBIQ, in order to include within this acronym a reality that is not new, but that only recently has started to be understood and attended by the society together.

 

 

 

 

The initiative puts together the work of activists, artists and researchers in a program that offers workshops, exhibitions, cinema, music and performances. But the cycle also wants to document the changes that happened in the collective awareness, the political treatment and the cultural construction in regard to this group since the democratic Transition. The goal is to go deeper into the visibility of the collective with a historic perspective to understand its diversity from a sociological and political dimension, and what has been its evolution in the past forty years.

 

 

 

 

The program was displayed in three main locations: the Centro Cultural Conde Duque, CentroCentro and Matadero Madrid. Fefa Vila Núñez was the artistic curator of the project, which is framed within the activity World Pride 2017 of the city council of Madrid.

Precisely during these days, the Cineteca of Matadero Madrid hosts the projection of the documentary “Talking back. Memorias transfeministas queer/cuir”. This work focuses on understanding this figure, which takes its name directly from English and has developed an evolved meaning beyond the pejorative idea of “weird” linked traditionally to homosexuality.

 

 

 

 

 

And until the 1st of October, the exhibition “Nuestro deseo es una revolución. Imágenes de la diversidad sexual en el Estado español (1977-2017)” will be open at CentroCentro. This project gathers images of the evolution of the LGTBIQ activism since the first claiming manifestation in favour of gays and lesbians rights in 1977.

 

Images are taken from the official site of Madrid City Council.

“I paint in a completely free way, I don't have a plan, it's chaotic, but everything has a reason. I don't prepare anything before I start painting, what I paint is what I feel or try to communicate at that moment, so it changes a lot (from one work to another)”.

Chão limpo e o resto. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

Cultura Inquieta once again joins the experience of discovering and celebrating creative talent within the broad spectrum of artistic expressions present at Art Madrid'24. As a supporter of culture and contemporary art, its commitment to promoting and supporting emerging artists is reflected in a special initiative in this edition: highlighting and supporting the work of the REVELATION ARTIST of the 19th edition.

Só durmo na minha almofada. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

In this context, Ana Malta emerges into the contemporary art scene with a fresh voice and her own visual aesthetic. Born in Lisbon in 1996, Malta is a talented visual artist and freelance designer who has captivated the public with her distinctive approach and bold exploration of the beauty of everyday spaces through her investigations of color.

Her studies in Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon, as well as her Master's Degree in Creative Industries Management at the Catholic University of Portugal in Porto, have provided a solid foundation for her artistic practice. Currently, she also collaborates in the Communication and Production Office of Carpintarias de São Lázaro - Centro Cultural e Galeria Belo-Galsterer, showing her commitment to the cultural fabric of her community. She is also part of the artistic collective VÊS.TRÊS.

Ana Malta has been recognized in several platforms and media, including the 14th Edition of QUADRANTE, Melancia Mag and the SCROLL program of the RTP2 channel. Her participation in the book (AS)ARTISTAS - Ensaio Gráfico sobre Histórias e Práticas Artísticas no Feminino and in the April 21st Edition of Nova Awareness Club underlines her impact and relevance in the contemporary art scene.

Só um é que ganha. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

Ana Malta's work is characterized by her exploration of color, patterns, composition, and texture. These elements are not only vehicles of her plastic and visual expression, but also embody an intimate dialogue between aesthetic restlessness and the transformation of error into opportunity.

It is exciting to see Ana Malta make her debut at Art Madrid'24, represented by Galeria São Mamede (STAND B3). Her presence promises to further enrich the artistic experience of the event, inviting the public to approach the visually captivating and conceptually stimulating universe that the artist creates to narrate the chaos she rearranges in shapes and colors.

Não fico pendurada. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

In a world in constant movement, Ana Malta reminds us of the importance of experimentation and continuous exploration in the search for authentic and sincere artistic expression.

Her work has been REVEALED to us in the 19th edition of ART MADRID, thanks to the precise point of view of CULTURA INQUIETA as a testimony of the transforming power of art. In her hands, the entropy of forms brings us the possible memory of an endless summer; the luminosity of the sun becomes the caress of everyday life; we may even be surprised by the formula of happiness turned into a companion animal.

Ana Malta's pieces combines the restlessness of a space that appears to be in a state of chaos with the delicate synesthesia of vibrating at the velocity of light, nuances, lines and colors in her paintings.