I AM SUAREZ BY OKUDA SAN MIGUEL, CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY AT ART MADRID’18

SUAREZ and Ink and Movement team up to revolutionize the world of jewelry and launch I am Suarez by Okuda San Miguel, collection of unique, bold and elegant jewelry that you can see in # ArtMadrid18.

Looking for new ways of creative expression and projecting the jewelery tradition into the future, I am SUAREZ is born, the alliance between one of the most emblematic jewelery sagas of our country, with 75 years of experience and exclusivity, Suarez, and the Ink and Movement team, pioneers in the creation of great urban art events and representatives of some of the names with the most projection of the "new contemporary art". I am SUAREZ is an initiative that seeks to show the world the talent and know-how of a group of Spanish artists, designers, craftsmen and entrepreneurs who want to understand and enhance the aesthetics of our time. A unique fusion to enhance the value of Spanish creativity inside and outside our borders.

And, of course, the first of the selected artists for this magical combination is Okuda San Miguel, daring, original and elegant as the 5 pieces that make up the collection i am SUAREZ by Okuda San Miguel: 3 rings, a bracelet and a pendant that the artisans have worked hand in hand with Okuda to transfer to the stones and precious metals (rose gold, diamonds, sapphires of Madagascar) the geometric and colorful facets and the motifs and images of his sculptures and murals. The lining has a freehand signature by the artist that winks at the use of the spray.

"Intervening in other disciplines, transgressing formats and techniques, experimenting ... is something that I love. In this collaboration with Suarez, in addition, I had the opportunity to work with the artisans and professionals of Suarez, and therefore to learn from them. It has been a joint work trying to find the elements and types of jewelery with which I better capture my geometric chromaticism on a totally new surface for me", says Okuda.

In #ArtMadrid18, on Thursday 22 during the morning, I am SUAREZ by Okuda San Miguel collection will be presented to the public with the presence of the artist and a master jeweler who will design together an exclusive jewel for a surprise guest.

The audience of Art Madrid deserves something special and, anyone who wants to customize one of the pieces of the collection can do so at the booth of Suarez, arranging a prior appointment, on 23rd and 24th February from 7 to 8 pm in order to work directly with Okuda and the master jeweler.

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.