Estampa Contemporary Art Fair celebrates its 22 edition in Matadero Madrid

As multiple art fair and more focused on the creation and dissemination of collecting, Estampa presents this 9 October the 22nd edition of the contemporary art fair.
 
Estampa Contemporary Art Fair will occupy the space 16 of the Matadero de Madrid from 9 to 12 October with the main novelty of showing "unique work" in every technique and procedure. It is the main backbone of the new General Program that involves more than 70 national and international galleries as + R (Barcelona), Adora Calvo (Salamanca), Alarcón Criado (Sevilla), Álvaro Alcázar (Madrid), Angels Baths (Badajoz), Juana Mordo Archive Editions (Madrid), ArtNueve (Murcia), Astarte (Madrid), Camera Obscura (Madrid), Married Santapau (Madrid), Cayon (Madrid), Fernádez-Braso (Madrid), Fernando Pradilla (Madrid), Stamp Gallery (Madrid), Hare Gallery (Madrid) , Invaliden 1 (Berlin), Joan Prats (Barcelona), JosedelaFuente-before Nuble- (Santander), Juan Silió (Santander), Juana de Aizpuru (Madrid), Maior (Pollença, Mallorca), MDA (Oslo), Moisés Pérez de Albéniz (Madrid), Miguel Marcos (Barcelona), Mikel Armendia (Pamplona), NF Gallery (Madrid), Odalys (Madrid), press Ogami (Madrid), Paula Alonso (Madrid), Photosai Gallery (Madrid), Pilar Serra (Madrid ), Rafael Perez Hernando (Madrid), Espai d'Art Set (Valencia), Siboney (Santander), Tasneem Gallery (Barcelona) and Yusto / Giner (Málaga). 
 
The Selection Commitee is formed by the curators Lorena Martinez Corral, Alicia Ventura and Mariano Navarro, and by collectors as Josep Maria Civit or Jose Antonio Trujillo. 
 
In parallel, the Drawing Up Estampa program focuses on the emphasis on contemporary drawing as a means of visual communication and as the seamless access to collecting because of their format and more affordable prices. 
The 22nd edition of Estampa has invited Mexico as a country that sponsors the exhibition Deconstructing the Landscape, an exhibition of photography by emerging and consolidated artists represented by gallerist of this country and curated by Manuel Rocha (Mexico City, 1968) in collaboration with the Cultural Institute of Mexico in Spain and their Embassy. 
 

One of the key points this year will be the COLLECT program, the colleciting program of the fair, holding exhibitions, debates, presentations, in a separate space... with the presence of some of the most prominent collectors of our cultural environment to create a space information and training of new collectors. The designer and collector Josep M. Civit has ceded part of its collection to be enjoyed by the participants in the program and the artist Miquel Barceló, guest artist this year, has developed a work for the occasion.

 

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.