EVA LOOTZ, AN EXHIBITION IN MAGIC LANDS

Eva Lootz at the CGAC contemplating one of her works next to Román Rodríguez (making a photo with her mobile) - PHOTO: Xunta

 

 

Eva Lootz (Vienna, 1940) is an Austrian plastic artist residing in Spain since 1967. Her main concern is the relationship between matter and language from different points of view. The beginnings of his career were defined by the use of ephemeral materials such as sheets of cotton or earth and their work with liquids binders such as wax or synthetic glue. With this it goes back to the origins of the devaluation of the matter with respect to the idea. This issue is extrapolated in parallel with the degradation of women in many cultures.

 

 

Photo of the exhibition

 

 

Raw materials and their organic use explain the process of extraction and treatment of minerals, also cultural behavior and the footprint in the landscape and language. One of its virtues is to detect little visible traces. In 1994 he received the National Plastic Arts Prize in Spain, taking that date of reference his work evolved towards the incorporation of sound in some of his installations. Also the making of videos brings you closer to the audiovisual world.

 

One of his highlights is the importance of drawing and the weight of this in his work along with the notebooks. One of the first fields that he experienced at the pictorial level was the color field, also known as color fields. Later he took another path more focused on art povera, minimal and land art.

 

 

Photo of the exhibition

 

 

The exhibition that is presented at the Galician Center for Contemporary Art is not summarized as an anthology because it would be a titanic task to cover all the work of this artist who is still active. But what does your Commissioner Alicia Murria does is select a part, dating from the 70s to the present and show a small common denominator of his entire career. These selected objects show how it suppresses color and seeks a more spiritual character by distorting the conception of object that we have established.

 

 

Eva Lootz, Xunta de Galicia

 

 

The leap into three-dimensionality is produced organically and naturally, as all of Lootz's work, the key component is to stimulate the senses. The architecture and the facilities frame all this artistic idea that tries to transmit us. His knowledge of the ancient cultures and the relationship with the elements make the language of this exhibition articulate in a light and pleasant way. The geographical point chosen gives us the opportunity to see this artist in a magical land, as is Galicia.

 

 

 

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.