Marc Decoene Fine Arts gallery in Art Madrid\'15

Fotografía de Diambra Mariani.

 

Marc Decoene Fine Arts is a gallery from south Erolzheim (Ulm-Germany) opened in 2008. Since the beginning its target was to promote European young artists. With this aim, it organizes periodically monographic exhibitions of emerging artists came from different countries of the old continent. Besides, among its represented creators we also count on established artists of different art disciplines, what aids to offer a huge panorama of the diversity of techniques and media now present in contemporary art.

Obra de Ken Lambert.

 

This gallery counts also with it's own space in Barcelona, where it continue its diffusion labor focused on Spanish artists. Marc Decoene visits Art Madrid’15 with pieces by Jesús Zurita, Ramón Clapers, Joan Priego, Ken Lambert, Alejandra Corral and Diambra Mariani.

 

Obra de Jesús Zurita.

 

It is remarkable the work of Jesús Zurita. This artist from Ceuta, graduated in Fine Arts in the University of Granada, has already received numerous awards like the Drawing Award of the Fine Arts Academy of Granada; the Grupo Lozano Award; the INICIARTE 2008 award or the ADAJA 2009 award. Despite the fact that his trajectory has just started in the international scope, with presence in Mexico and Netherland, this creator counts on a huge recognition in Spain. His work transports us to dark and oniric atmospheres, unreal realities and troubling characters that  seem to arise from traditional Slav tales. Draughtsman and illustrator, Zurita knows how to give to the colour the visual impact that it deserves and turn it into a tangible presence inside his compositions.

 
 

Fotografía de Diambra Mariani.

 

In another artistic discipline we must mention to Diambra Mariani, This photographer from Verona, graduated in Law, whose artistic career has started to stand out in the last years, has deserved prestige awards like the “Inail Prospect Award” or the “Prospect Agency”, besides having been selected for Photoespaña. Her works has been published in numerous recognized magazines: The Sunday Times Magazine, D La Repubblica delle Donne, L'Espresso or Vanity Fair. Her work offers a great spectrum of personal visions of the artist, that go from the countryside landscapes to the photoreport with social content.

 
 

 

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.