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 .

 

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.