Cultural Madrid in the World Pride 2017

 

 

First Pride in Madrid. 1978.

 

 

Multidisciplinary exhibitions, concerts, lectures, performances and workshops will fill galleries, streets and cultural institutions like CentroCentro, Matadero Madrid, Medialab-Prado or Conde Duque. These activities have the intention of showing the relevance of LGTBIQ claims, though which these collectives have tried and keep trying to be visible.

 

 

 

Pride March in 2011

 

 

CentroCentro Cibeles will participate with several exhibitions, among them: `Subversive. 40 years of activism in Spain´ (until October 1), that documents with more than 300 works the evolution of LGTB struggles in support of equally and sexual diversity. Matadero Madrid hosts the 30th of June and within other activities the event ´Night policies´, a group of concerts, sound and visual interventions and performances around sexual dissents related to the night. Medialab-Prado, apart from having hosted workshops like ´Queer geographies´ and ´Queerzine´, will show in its screen audiovisual pieces focused on proposals from several projects. Conde Duque presents, among other activities, `AIDS Anarchive´, a task of analysing and collecting audiovisual information about this topic that has been produced in Chile and Spain. It provides a new and more affective perspective than the one that defines AIDS as an epidemic disease in a globalized world.

 
 
 

Bronzino. San Sebastián around 1533.

 


Besides the activities above, Prado and Thyssen museums participate with two itineraries: `The Other’s Gaze. Spaces of difference´ and `Inclusive love´ respectively. The first one, encourages a reflection on the historical reality of same-sex relationships and non-normative sexual identities. The second one, offers a thematic route along themes, iconography and figures relating to LGTB culture in art.

 

 

 

`Los amores oscuros´. Spanish Theatre.

 


In parallel to these events and among many others, Madrid cultural offering includes concerts, theatre plays or film festivals in several headquarters (Casa América, Spanish Theatre, Filmoteca, etc.). They all also refer to these activisms, whose first marches were born in Spain 40 years ago.

 

 

If visual arts arouse emotions in the viewer, and also gastronomy, at its finest, can cause a similar effect, the relationship between both "disciplines" is more than demonstrated.

Cheese is a fundamental piece in gastronomy, its diversity allows it to be part of gastronomy different moments, from starters to desserts, and that is why Art Madrid includes it in this year’s edition of the Fair from an ambitious place. Cheese is given this way a closest view to the creation of a work of art, both from the point of view of the time spent in its execution process and the almost personalized study dedicated to each piece during its elaboration.

Like a plastic artist, the Cheese Master Affineur executes a series of actions making each piece an exclusive and individualized element. This is what Madrid cheese factory QAVA de Quesos and its Master Afinador José Luis Martín achieve.

QAVA & MARTÍN AFINADOR is a new store concept: a unique space designed to taste, learn, promote and buy cheese in Madrid, in the heart of Retiro district."

José Luis Martín is a key piece in the QAVA cheese factory. He has been working in the cheese world for more than 30 years, providing training throughout the world, visiting cheese shops, consulting and advising on the design and implementation of one of the most emblematic cheese shops in Spain. The fact of knowing the producers personally, and even advising them on the manufacture and design of their products, allows him to select specific batches, at different stages of maturation, to complete the cheese ripening and then convert each piece into a unique product, different and with its own distinct character, the signature of the Cheese Master.

In the profile of the Master Martín Afinador experience and pure knowledge merge. Martín Afinador is an advisor and consultant for artisanal cheese factories and product design, and for the best-specialised stores in the country, director of Gourmetquesos, director and coordinator of the Championship of the Best Cheeses in Spain during nine editions, technical director and jury in national and international cheese competitions and tastings, collaborator of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Academy of Spanish Gastronomy, director and coordinator of the cheese section of the Repsol Guide to the Best Foods in Spain and trainer for hospitality schools and food centres teaching, among other activities.

Cheese ripening is a complex process that requires time and dedication, in addition to a developed use of the senses. The Cheese Master Affineur, as a specialist in the field, works in all cheese stages (varied and complex), controls all stages of raw material transformation, supervises the evolution and development of cheeses according to the characteristics of each one of them, verifies the quality and the state when the cheeses arrive at their cellars, checks their care and conservation, and; finally, he controls its packaging and the type of wrapping suitable for its best preservation.

In Qava de Quesos they have two Cheese Refining Cellars. In these "tuning caves" or refrigerated chambers designed in constant conditions of temperature, humidity and ventilation, "we take great care of the cheeses until they reach their optimum point of consumption". The work of refining involves placing the cheeses on wooden shelves, turning them over daily and/or washing them frequently, brushing them periodically, as well as other regular handlings.

Among the services offered by Qava de Quesos, we can find specific courses and workshops, events for groups and companies, and advice on shop design and ripening rooms.