DANIEL CANOGAR: FROM TAMPA TO ALCALÁ 31

Daniel Canogar, “Sikka Ingentium” (detail), 2017.

 

 

 

Since very early, Daniel felt interested in the world of the image to explore the possibilities that the use of the projections could have in the contemporary plastic proposals. In this path, he has managed to stand out as one of the Spanish artists of greater international projection in our days. Some of his most outstanding works have passed through the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg, or Times Square.

 

 

 

Daniel Canogar, “Sikka Ingentium”, 2017.

 

 

 

Halfway between Madrid and New York, Daniel counts today on a real work team. The magnitude of his pieces and the complexity of his installations had make time ago a qualitative leap that demanded a larger dedication of resources. In addition, new technologies need to be permanently updated.

 

 

 

Daniel Canogar, “Storming Times Square”, 2014.

 

 

 

The exhibition organised in Alcalá 31 includes a representative sample of his latest works, presided over by the central piece "Sikka Ingentium". This work is composed of thousands of DVDs brought from all over the world, personally collected by Daniel in his travels. This factor adds a critical component to the sculpture: a reflection on the obsolescence of technological formats, which extends worldwide. At the same time, it represents the passing of time. They are like fragments of memory materialised in these circular plastic elements that now unfold in this monumental work. A representation of human fragility expressed through the technological evolution itself.

 

 

 

Daniel Canogar, “Tendril”, 2017.

 

 

 

Daniel's ideas go beyond creating a simple flat and static proposal. His latest work for the Tampa airport in Florida is an algorithm that adapts and modifies to project the illusion of a living and flourishing vegetation, inspired by the flora of the region. A challenge both artistic and technological that was just launched last October.

 

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.