AWARD "BOOK OF ARTIST CASA FALCONIERI / ART MADRID18"

Today, closing the 13th edition of the Contemporary Art Fair Art Madrid, the "Artist Book - Casa Falconieri / Art Madrid" award ceremony will be celebrated. The prize it will be awarded to one of the participating artists in this edition of the fair. It is an artistic residence conceived as a 15-day experimentation workshop at the Casa Falconieri Laboratory located in Sardinia.

Photo by Miguel Ángel Satué from Madphoto

During the fair, the "Book of Artist - Casa Falconieri / Art Madrid" Award will be granted to one of the participating artists in this 13th edition. It is an artistic residence conceived as a 15-day experimentation workshop at Casa Falconieri Laboratory located in Sardinia, for the prize-winner to create graphic work or an artist's book. A trip to the cultural and artistic heritage of the area, a meeting point with other artists, each with its origins and its histories, to develop new projects together. It is about sharing experiences but also about carrying out a personal investigation on the transformations of the artistic creation sector, its relationship system, in search of new more sustainable and human methods.

A committee formed by professionals from Casa Falconieri and Art Madrid will choose the winner among the artists participating in the fair whose object or motive is the work on paper in its different forms. The award will be granted on Sunday 25th at 6pm, in the stand D1 of Casa Falconieri.

Casa Falconieri has been at our fair with a marathon of printmaking by the hand of its guest artists, luxury!

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.