LATIN-AMERICAN VIDEO ART IN ART MADRID

To celebrate Art Madrid's 15th anniversary, the fair organised a program of activities focused on video art, new media and action art that took place throughout the month of February. In addition, one of the keys in this edition consisted of dedicating a complete booth to accommodate part of this agenda and thus be able to share with the public the experience of enjoying video art and performance in the same space. In this program, in addition to the daily presentations of artists and live performances, one of the highlights was a curated cycle dedicated to international video art that was possible thanks to the collaboration of 13 foreign festivals that gave us the best of their selected pieces.

Mario Gutiérrez Cru, the director of the PROYECTOR video art platform, and the curator of the “Art Madrid-Proyector'20” action program, carried out an arduous task of selection and contact with these contests and exhibitions with the aim of offering a varied, enriching picture of the reality of global video creation. In this way, we have had the contribution of these 13 international festivals, which has given us a unique opportunity to enjoy video art outside the usual exhibition circuits that this discipline occupies.

In this collaboration, the participation of Latin American festivals especially stands out: BIM (Argentina), EJECT - International Festival de Videoperformance (Mexico), Kósmica (Mexico), Play - Video Art Week (Argentina), El Validadero Artístico - Tele-atemporal / curaduría latinoamericana de video experimental (Colombia) and VideoBabel (Peru). With more or less experience and seniority, these 6 festivals have brought us a selection of the best awarded works in the most recent editions, providing a global and updated vision of the interest that video art arouses in Latin America.

Frame from "Fotooxidación" (2013), by Pablo Mazzolo

The Biennial of the Moving Image (BIM) is a combination of a film festival and a contemporary art show where the central axis is experimental videos and cinematographic works. BIM combines an exhibition program with works exhibited in museums and theatres with a wide range of activities (workshops, conferences, seminars and talks with artists). It is a meeting space designed for audiovisual art lovers. The project was born from the initiative of the National University of Tres de Febrero and takes place every two years in the City of Buenos Aires.

For the curated screening of “Art Madrid-Proyector’20” we had the following artworks: "Viento Sur" (2012), by Paz Encina; "Una sombra oscilante (2018), by Celeste Rojas Múgica, "Fotooxidación" (2013), by Pablo Mazzolo; "Retrato nº 26" (2011), by Edu Loschpe; "Traspasar (2.0)" (2009), by Hernán E. Bula; "Am I?" (2012), by Florencia Aliberti; "Lumbre" (2016), by Christian Delgado & Nicolás Testoni; "Trabajos de la vida terrestre I, II y III" (2017), by Camelia Estefes; "Destellos" (2016), by Ernesto Baca; "Abecedario/B" (2014), by Los Ingrávidos; "Black Pond" (2018), by Jessica Sarah Rinland, and "Plantas trepadoras" (2014), by Julieta Averbuj.

Frame from “Taxonomía de la desmesura: diario de viaje a la isla Victoria”, by Maia Gattás Vargas

Also from Argentina, it came PLAY - VIDEOARTE, an exhibition of international scope born in 2012 that seeks to expand the borders of legitimate contemporary uses of image, sound and speech. In each edition, they carry out activities aimed to educate and promote video creation, such as production workshops, talks/meetings with and between artists, which are held in the City of Corrientes (Argentina), at the Cultural Center of the Extension University, of the National University of the Northeast (UNNE).

The selection by PLAY was a 100% Argentinian and included the pieces: “Escucho los grillos”, by Tamara Kuselman; “Así me duermo”, by Mariano Luque; “Taxonomía de la desmesura: diario de viaje a la isla Victoria”, by Maia Gattás Vargas; “La raíz de lo ligero”, by Juan Ignacio Slobayen; “Distancia”, by Joaquín Pedretti; “Los casuales”, by Pauli Coton (production), Lucía Ruiz Guiñazú (original music) and Marianela Márquez (script), and “Experimento desde Occidente N 1”, by Yaela Gottlieb.

Frame from “The chingón of the fighters”, by Fershow Escárcega

EJECT - International Festival of Videoperformance in Mexico City initially functioned as a festival and today it is an archive that brings together the works presented in successive editions, mostly carried out by Mexican authors. EJECT is coordinated by the artist and curator Pancho López and was formed between 2006 and 2016 from a public call launched by Ex Teresa Arte Actual and the Arte Alameda Laboratory, two important cultural venues dependent on the National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature of Mexico. Since 2019 this archive is part of the Video Art Research and Documentation Centre (CIDV) at the Vanguardia Arts Centre, La Neomudéjar Museum in Madrid, Spain, and Ex Teresa Arte Actual in Mexico City.

The curated exhibition for Art Madrid revolved around the concept of "radical Mexicanisms," an analysis of the gestural features that mark the idiosyncrasy of the country's society, and was made up of the following videos by Mexican artists: “Ahí va el diablo”, by Mariana Orozco; “Maléfica educare”, by Angélica Peña; “Paisaje mexicano con sombrero”, by Víctor Sulser; “Ensalada de nopal”, by Isabel Rojas; “Ejercitar”, by Luis Albarrán; “Progreso”, by Liliana Ramales; “Soy 1, 2, 3, 4”, by Manuel Díaz; “Caja de Pandora”, by Liz Misterio; “#15”, by Fernando Arroyo Sauri; “Chamánika urbana”, by Claudia Bernal; “El bombón”, by Erika Mayoral; “The chingón of the fighters”, by Fershow Escárcega, and “Toque de lo que queda”, by Blanca Ugarte/César Cuahtémoc Cruz.

Frame from "Vimana" (2017), by Tania Candiani

Also from Mexico, we have the collaboration of KOSMICA, a global institute founded in 2011 with the mission of establishing a platform for critical, cultural and poetic discourse on our relationship with outer space and the impact of space activities here on earth. The Institute develops initiatives that unite art and the humanities, the space sector and society.

KOSMICA selection included: "Reflections of a space traveler" (2013), by 2boys.tv; "Entrenamiento para 0g" (2015), by Gilberto Esparza; "Vimana" (2017), by Tania Candiani; "ECLIPSE//Composition I" (2015), by Melanie King; "Supernova" (2014), by La Gravedad de los Asuntos (Ale de la Puente, Juan José Díaz Infante, Nahum y Tania Candiani); "Sujetando Aire" (2014), by Nahum; "About the moon" (2019), by Manuel Díaz; "Distance of everything" (2020), by Javier Barrios, and "Dream to space" (2006), by Anaïs Tondeur.

Frame from “Iceberg Nations” (2019), by Fernando Martín Borlán & Rubén Martín de Lucas

VideoBabel is an international festival, founded in 2009 by Jorge Mora Fernández, based in the city of Cusco, Peru. The project seeks the democratisation, diffusion and promotion of audiovisual and digital culture in Peru and in other regions of the world. More than 3,700 audiovisual works from different countries have participated in the calls for its nine editions since 2010, and for Art Madrid, they have brought the best of their official section:

“Tárrega Tanazaky” (2018, Spain), by Román Rubert.

“Cielo / The Blue Of The Sky” (2018, Canada), by Marco Joubert.

“El Gran Señor / The Great Mukhiya” (2018, Nepal), by Ashin Poudel.

“Incluso Lo Inusual Debe Tener Límites” (2019, Germany), by Tobi Sauer.

“Guisantes: Sinfonía Industrial En Cuatro Movimientos” (2019, Spain), by Fran Gas.

“Lugares” (2019, Spain), by Claudia Barral Magaz.

“Accidente de persona” (2018, France-Spain), by Álvaro Martín.

“Iceberg Nations” (2019, Spain), by Fernando Martín Borlán and Rubén Martín de Lucas.

“Esencia inaccesible” (2017, Mexico), by Adrián Regnier.

“Una payasa en el espejo” (2018, Brazil), by João Lucas.

“Ravilob” (2018, Argentina), by Marco Lanzoni Larracoechea.

“Guanímar” (2019, Mexico-Cuba), by Emir Luciano Tlachi Sandoval.

“El Fin De La Eternidad” (2018, Argentina-Peru), by Pablo Radice.

Frame from “Ejercicios de Memoria”, by Pamela Loaiza

And from Colombia El Validadero Artístico - Tele-atemporal / curaduría latinoamericana de video experimental has collaborated. It is an experimental pedagogical project for artistic practices and social relations, after its 4 years of pedagogical programs and continuous research in the city of Bogotá.

All the works selected by Federico Daza M. for Art Madrid are Latin American, with a clear predominance of the Colombian presence. Thus, from Colombia, we had the artworks: “Paisajes Encontrados”, by Paula Andrea Molina; “Georáculo”, by Camilo Parra; “Obra en proceso”, by Sonia Rojas; “Apología 3.0”, by John Melo; “Exponiendo te conocí”, by Andrés Guarro; “Economía Naranja 2020”, by Recreativa TV; “Paisaje del deseo”, by Andrea Solano and Laura Muñoz; “Ejercicios de Memoria”, by Pamela Loaiza; “Zoom”, by Julieth Natalia Casteblanco; “Es wird haarig”, by Esteban Rivera, and “Contracorriente”, by Diana González.

From Mexico: “Ciudades Invisibles”, by Eder Castillo and “Ciudad de México en el Tiempo”, by Antonio Falcón; along with “Un gozo entre humanos”, by Luis Yépez, from Ecuador; “Camino hacia el fractal”, by Yannet Vilela, from Peru, and “X,Y, Z”, by Adrián Preciado, from Venezuela. Finally, we also had some Argentinian presence with “Quizá Algún día lo logre”, by Rodrigo Tunica, and “Instrucciones para levantar una piedra”, by Maia Gattás Vargas.

 

The seventeenth edition of Art Madrid, which was held in the Galería de Cristal of the Palacio de Cibeles from 23 to 27 February, closed its 17th edition with more than 16,000 visitors, a similar figure prior to the pandemic. The fair was attended by, among others: Andrea Levy, Delegate for Culture, Tourism, and Sport of Madrid City Council; Begoña Villacís, Deputy Mayoress of Madrid City Council; several Ambassadors; representatives of museums from all over Spain; and heads of important national and international collections.

Photo by Christian Monsalve from Too Many Flash

Alberto Cornejo, director of ART MADRID, says: "We are very satisfied with the results of this edition. After these years of uncertainty due to the pandemic, we are happy to see that the public and collectors continue to respond to the fair with the same enthusiasm as in previous years". And he adds: "It is interesting to note that sales at this edition have been very important, which means a remarkable dynamization of the Spanish art market". In this respect, it is worth noting that our VIP program of advice for collectors, directed by Ana Suárez Gisbert, has been a great success, providing a service to experienced collectors and generating new buyers.

Photo by Maria Astorga from Too Many Flash

The selection of 35 galleries at ART MADRID'22 was made up of: 3 Punts Galeria (Barcelona), Alba Cabrera Gallery (Valencia), Arena Martínez Projects (Madrid), Art Lounge Gallery (Lisbon), ARTITLEDcontemporary (Herpen), Aurora Vigil-Escalera (Gijón), Collage Habana (La Habana), DDR Art Gallery (Madrid), Dr. Robot Gallery (Valencia), FLECHA (Madrid), Galería BAT alberto cornejo (Madrid), Galería de la Bálgoma (Madrid), Galería Espiral (Noja), Galería Hispánica Contemporánea (Madrid-Mx DF), Galería Jorge Alcolea (Madrid), Galería Kreisler (Madrid), Galería La Aurora (Murcia), Galería Luisa Pita (Santiago de Compostela), Galeria São Mamede (Lisbon), Galerie Alex Serra (Köln), Galerie LJ (Paris), GÄRNA Art Gallery (Madrid), Helarea (Madrid), Inéditad (Barcelona), Jackie Shor Arte (São Paulo), Kur Art Gallery (San Sebastián), MA Arte Contemporáneo (Palma), Marita Segovia (Madrid), Moret Art (A Coruña), Nuno Sacramento (Ílhavo), Rodrigo Juarranz (Aranda de Duero), Shiras Galería (Valencia), Studija Mindiuzarte/Kaunas (Kaunas), Víctor Lope Arte Contemporáneo (Barcelona), Yiri Arts (Taipei).

Photo by Maria Astorga from Too Many Flash

The Fair consolidates the proposal "One Shot Collectors", an initiative that encompasses a collecting program directed by the advisor Ana Suárez Gisbert and the curatorial route ICONOSFERA, coordinated for the second consecutive year by the critic and independent curator Natalia Alonso Arduengo. Regarding this initiative, Gabriela Correa and Nuria Blanco, directors of the Kreisler (Madrid) and Moret Art (A Coruña) galleries respectively, both veterans of the fair, point out that the collectors' program is a very beneficial service that helps to boost sales during the fair and even in the days following the fair.

The Parisian gallery LJ Galerie, in its second year at the fair, makes a positive balance of its participation. Its director, Adeline Jeudy affirms that on the first day of the fair they already sold an important piece by Léo Caillard (the artist whose work was the image of the poster for this edition), and some works to new collectors. "The fair has a large number of visitors, an interesting public that is very open to buying works at a considerable price and by artists who are little known in Spain. We have also noticed the presence of an amateur public that is very interested in the work of the artists we present".

The Brazilian gallery Jackie Shor, participating for the first time in Art Madrid, also obtained good results in terms of sales. All the works presented at the stand by their youngest artist, Isabella Despujols, were sold. Most of the sales were made to local or foreign clients residing in Madrid. Moreover, its directors comment that "Art Madrid is a fair that attracts a diverse public profile, and that is very interesting".

Photo by Maria Astorga from Too Many Flash

DDR Art Gallery (Madrid), sold works by the four artists in its exhibition proposal. The gallery sold two large pieces by the Venezuelan artist Roger Sanguino, both of which will form part of two very important collections in Spain. The acquisition of two of the "avatars" by the artist Roberto López Martín, also by renowned collectors, and the great interest generated by the work "Los refugiados en las Meninas de Velázquez", by the photographer David Delgado Ruiz, also stand out.

Photo by Maria Astorga from Too Many Flash

This edition featured more than 190 national and international artists, including young artists such as the Russian Costa Gorelov (Dr.Robot Gallery) and the Portuguese Carolina Serrano (Alex Serra Galerie), and other mid-career artists such as Kepa Garraza (Víctor Lope Arte Contemporáneo) and Juana González (Arena Martínes Projects), both national artists.

ART MADRID has been sponsored by One Shot Hotels, Liquitex and Catawiki; and with the collaboration of the Proyector platform; 9915. Contemporary Art Collectors Association; and the photographic entrepreneurship school Too Many Flash.