Fernando Latorre Gallery in Art Madrid\'15

Obra de Fabio Camarotta.

 

With roots from Zaragoza, Fernando Latorre Gallery was founded in 1991 in this city of Aragon and there he developed an intense labor of promotion of young talents for more than a decade. In 2003 Fernando decided to come to the capital, where he opened a space dedicated to contemporary art in Doctor Fourquet street, central axe of arts neighbourhood of Madrid. A new phase in this trajectory arrives in 2012, when he ventured to open a huge local in Rivas Vaciamadrid, while he keeps his office in Doctor Fourquet. The Rivas's space offers a new surface of 200 m2 completely dedicated to promotion and exhibition of his artists, a clear local whose walls never are empty.

 
 

Obra de Daniel Merlin.

 

Fernando knows how to identify young artists with a promising perspective. Among them we must mention Daniel Merlin, painter of 30 years old that has been recently rewarded with the BMW Award of Painting. He was born in Buenos Aires, where he started his contact with art and his first studies of painting. Then, he moved to the old continent and he studied with the painter Emma Gans in Madrid and he attended the painting and drawing workshop of the Cultural House of San Lorenzo del Escorial, led by the painter Álvaro Sellés. The portraits of this artist, of big dimensions, causes a strong impact of attraction and bewilderment. He uses the technique with a result similar to a big collage, splitting the faces, dividing, as if they were painting tesseras, the features and the expression, but respecting the essence of the portrayed. The neutral background of his pieces helps to strengthen the contrast effect and to stress the importance of the looks and the expressions.

 
 

Obra de Eok Seon.

 

On the other hand, we must make reference to the interesting proposal of the Korean artist Eok Seon who, after being exiled from his birth city, and after a long personal journey searching for emotional and vital stability, he decided to settle definitively in Madrid in 1993. Focused on sculpture and on work with geometry and space, he uses different materials from wood to glass. His work is now placed in numerous public and private collections, like the Fundación Privada Allegro (Madrid), the Fundación Casa Museo “A Solana” (Pontevedra), the Schema Art Museum de Chong Ju (Corea del Sur) and several private collections in Las Vegas and Indianápolis (EE.UU.), among many others.

 

 

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.