If there is something that makes the work of Isabel Muñoz stands out is the delicacy, affection and love she puts in her photography, where the human body is represented in its greatest sublimation, without distinction of origins, customs, colours or ages.

Approaching her work is like a trip around the world, like a journey in which one is detached from his prejudices, his preconceived ideas, unfounded fears, and faces the individual as a whole, the resounding concept of the humanity, face to face, without taboos and barriers.

In her work underlies a discourse that reflects on the responsibility of the individual in his relationship with the planet and with his peers. A detached and naked visual story that avoids artifices and invites us to understand life from the greatness and simplicity of humanity. Now, Tabacalera Espacio de Promoción de Arte hosts the exhibition "La antropología de los sentimientos" where you can see 97 works by this incombustible photographer. It is a collection that perfectly reflects this philanthropic spirit of Isabel and her desire to establish bonds that surpass any stereotype based on the physical aspect or a particular aesthetic.

'Agua', 2016

Isabel Muñoz received the 2016 National Photography Award in recognition of her professional career, which began in 1986 with her first exhibition at the French Institute of Madrid and which marked her beginnings unequivocally. The current showing, curated by Audrey Hoareau and François Cheval, co-founders of The Red Eye, gathers part of the pieces of her last six work series, focused on the representation of the human body (or human bodies, in the plural).

Series 'Mitologías' and 'Locura'

The Tabacalera space seems ideal for this exhibition. The nooks and crannies, the hidden rooms, the doors that lead to secluded corners offer a perfect environment for confidentiality, so that each spectator can approach, in the privacy of his or her thoughts, the clear truth of these images, the encounter with diversity.

In the year 2020 in the heart of Barcelona a wandering gallery was born, the same one that in February 2021 would debut at Art Madrid with an exhibition proposal focused on contemporary portraits; with this subject matter it would manage to create a powerful dialogue between artwork and audience and make the seal Inéditad remain in the history of the event that contained it.

Jean Carlos Puerto. Protección. Oil and copper leaf on wood. 60 x 48. 2021. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Since that first time and until today, the wandering gallery has managed to build projects on otherness, has repositioned in the spotlight the discourses on the LGTBIQ+ collective, has consolidated a group of artists who share its principles of resilience and empathy and the best thing is that it continues to bet from the professionalism and commitment to give voice to the difference.

Claudio Petit-Laurent.. El Joven de la Perla. Oil on wood. 30 x 30 cm. 2023. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Inéditad Gallery, thanks to its founder Luis López, its collaborators and the infinite possibilities manifested in the works of the artists it represents, is a gallery that has demonstrated its capacity and courage to stimulate the sensibility of the public through art and seduce a generation that moves between the glass window and the analogical story. Inéditad is a nomadic gallery that has gathered around it a community of artists and has moved the context with exhibition projects that think about LGTBIQ+ art without prejudices.

Pepa Salas Vilar. Las marcas del arcoiris. Oil on canvas. 40 x 50 cm. 2022. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Pride and Prejudice was inaugurated. An exhibition that brings together the works of sixteen artists: Abel Carrillo, Alex Domènech, Carlos Enfedaque, Silvia Flechoso, Jamalajama, Daniel Jaén, Claudio Petit-Laurent, Jean Carlos Puerto, Fernando Romero, Pablo Rodríguez, Pepa Salas Vilar, Jack Smith, Pablo Sola, Bran Sólo, Elia Tomás and Utürüo. Painting, illustration, photography and digital art are the manifestations that bring into dialogue around fifty neatly threaded pieces, in a discursive line that discusses such a latent phenomenon as discrimination. To achieve this, the artists invited to the exhibition question themselves whether: Does discrimination exist within the LGTBIQ+ collective?

Pride and Prejudice Official Poster. Image courtesy of the gallery.

With approaches on and from the body, the proposal invites to celebrate diversity, proposes to question and self-question the prejudices and attitudes of society against the collective. Pride and Prejudice is a space for dialogue about the constructs imposed on us by society. It is also an oasis in which to deconstruct with tolerance and respect the subjectivities that sometimes prevent us from approaching the production of the participating artists, simply because "the beautiful" does not fit in an androgynous body. The subjugation of stereotypes are pressed with determination to find the beauty of diversity in other palpable facets of reality.

Pablo Sola. All men are dogs. Photography. 2014. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Throughout these three years Inéditad has stimulated the vindictive projection towards bad practices, has questioned estates around the LGTBIQ+ body and the most admirable thing, is that these capacities have resurfaced around the dialogue and the visual narrative of the stories that are told from the visual: Artworks that are people, art that is, per se, humanity. Overcome impositions and accept what is different in order to continue fighting against homophobia, biphobia, lesbophobia or transphobia and defend the equal rights that all the acronyms of the collective deserve in our community.

That's Pride and Prejudice: One creature, the happiest in the world. And maybe other projects and other people have said it - or felt it - before, but none so fairly.

Silvia Flechoso. Hola, soy maricón. Oil on canvas. 73 x 54 cm. 2023. Image courtesy of the gallery.

From June 8th until June 22nd you can visit Pride and Prejudice. Carrer de Palau núm. 4. Canal Gallery space. Barcelona.