MAV FORUM 2015

"Less than 5% of the artists of any Modern Art section are women, but 85% of the nudes are female nudes", as denounced in 1989 the collective Guerrilla Girls. In the two centuries of history of the Prado Museum never a woman has held the position of leadership. In the last ARCO international fair less than 5% of the exhibited art works were made for female Spanish artists.

 

Imagen de las Guerrilla Girls

Given the unstable and unequal status of women in the international scene, the association Women in the Visual Arts (MAV) has decided to conduct an innovative initiative to talk about the prejudices they face women in the art world. This initiative will be held on a biennial basis. It is the FORUM MAV, a forum of reflection to analyze the unequal status of women in the Spanish art scene with a full program of panel discussions and various activities to be held on May 23 in Ca la Dona, Barcelona, and in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid from 28 to 31 May.

Among the proposals promoted by the MAV Forum 2015 (FM15) include: Open Studios, organized visits to the studios of the artists members of MAV; the Best Practices Book for Equality and Visibility of Women in the Visual Arts, as an open call for proposals for recipes and illustrations for the publication of a collective book; and the convening of pieces of audiovisual format to respond to the question What feminism? These proposals will be screened on the day of delivery of the MAV Awards.
 
The first stage of MAV Forum 2015 will be on May 23 in Barcelona. in the space of Ca la Dona (C / Ripoll, 25), with the collaboration of Valentina Montero (historian and art critic) and Susana Guardiola (director, screenwriter and film producer), among others. From 28 to May 31, 2015 MAV Forum will move to Madrid. On Thursday 28 will start with a visit to the workshops of the artists through Open Studios, along with lectures and discussions throughout the day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
 
During those days, representatives of various national and international associations as well as artists, researchers, reviews and cultural managers will meet to analyze the obstacles, challenges and demands of a democratic culture in equality. The events will be accompanied by tours around the city in key feminist. On Saturday the series of meetings with a conference Amelia Valcarcel, State Councilor and Vice President of the Royal Board of the Prado Museum will be closed. Finally, on Sunday at 12h will be the delivery of MAV Awards 2014 at the Cineteca Matadero.
 
 
MAV, Association of Women in Contemporary Visual Arts, is a group of professionals in the field of visual arts in Spain: artists, critics, collectors, curators, designers, teachers, directors of public institutions, managers, editors, researchers, gallery specialized journalists, lawyers, etc ...
 
MAV develops its own initiatives to the visibility of women in the visual arts as the magazine M-art and visual culture, specializing in art criticism from the perspective of gender, Miradas de Mujer Festival, which since 2012 promotes exhibitions and various activities ; MAV Forum, from 2015 biennially hosts debates and meetings for reflection; MAV Awards, held since 2010; Arts Education workshops for Equality MAVeducaLAB; and the publication of reports and publications.
 
MAV was launched on May 9, 2009 at a meeting held in La Casa Encendida, Madrid. It currently has over 400 members spread throughout the Spanish territory .

 

If visual arts arouse emotions in the viewer, and also gastronomy, at its finest, can cause a similar effect, the relationship between both "disciplines" is more than demonstrated.

Cheese is a fundamental piece in gastronomy, its diversity allows it to be part of gastronomy different moments, from starters to desserts, and that is why Art Madrid includes it in this year’s edition of the Fair from an ambitious place. Cheese is given this way a closest view to the creation of a work of art, both from the point of view of the time spent in its execution process and the almost personalized study dedicated to each piece during its elaboration.

Like a plastic artist, the Cheese Master Affineur executes a series of actions making each piece an exclusive and individualized element. This is what Madrid cheese factory QAVA de Quesos and its Master Afinador José Luis Martín achieve.

QAVA & MARTÍN AFINADOR is a new store concept: a unique space designed to taste, learn, promote and buy cheese in Madrid, in the heart of Retiro district."

José Luis Martín is a key piece in the QAVA cheese factory. He has been working in the cheese world for more than 30 years, providing training throughout the world, visiting cheese shops, consulting and advising on the design and implementation of one of the most emblematic cheese shops in Spain. The fact of knowing the producers personally, and even advising them on the manufacture and design of their products, allows him to select specific batches, at different stages of maturation, to complete the cheese ripening and then convert each piece into a unique product, different and with its own distinct character, the signature of the Cheese Master.

In the profile of the Master Martín Afinador experience and pure knowledge merge. Martín Afinador is an advisor and consultant for artisanal cheese factories and product design, and for the best-specialised stores in the country, director of Gourmetquesos, director and coordinator of the Championship of the Best Cheeses in Spain during nine editions, technical director and jury in national and international cheese competitions and tastings, collaborator of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Academy of Spanish Gastronomy, director and coordinator of the cheese section of the Repsol Guide to the Best Foods in Spain and trainer for hospitality schools and food centres teaching, among other activities.

Cheese ripening is a complex process that requires time and dedication, in addition to a developed use of the senses. The Cheese Master Affineur, as a specialist in the field, works in all cheese stages (varied and complex), controls all stages of raw material transformation, supervises the evolution and development of cheeses according to the characteristics of each one of them, verifies the quality and the state when the cheeses arrive at their cellars, checks their care and conservation, and; finally, he controls its packaging and the type of wrapping suitable for its best preservation.

In Qava de Quesos they have two Cheese Refining Cellars. In these "tuning caves" or refrigerated chambers designed in constant conditions of temperature, humidity and ventilation, "we take great care of the cheeses until they reach their optimum point of consumption". The work of refining involves placing the cheeses on wooden shelves, turning them over daily and/or washing them frequently, brushing them periodically, as well as other regular handlings.

Among the services offered by Qava de Quesos, we can find specific courses and workshops, events for groups and companies, and advice on shop design and ripening rooms.