One Project program of Art Madrid\'15

De la serie Crashroom. Rocío Verdejo.

 

ONE PROJECT program maintains its commitment of promoting individual projects of  leading creators and with a particular language. With 'solo-show' format and under the direction of a curator, ONE PROJECT has its own program and space. In addition, curating allows us to give a more intimate and more personal perspective, focusing in special and specific realities with the signing, in this case, of the prolific and elegant independent curator Carlos Delgado Mayordomo.

Máquinas Voladoras. Eduardo Alonso.
 
 
One Project is a specific area within the fair Art Madrid which includes the work of eight artists, young and mid-career, with strong presence in both formal and conceptual Spanish exhibition scene and whose works move within a very strong reflection about the process of building the plastic image.
 
The artists selected for ONE PROJECT in Art Madrid'15 are:
 
Santiago Talavera, with Moproo Gallery (Shanghai, China).
 
Eduardo Alonso, with the gallery Coll Blanc Espai d'Art (Culla, Castellón).
 
Robert Ferrer i Martorell, with Pep Llabrés Gallery (Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca).
 
Carlos Cartaxo, with BAT Gallery (Madrid)
 
Miguel Ángel Moreno Carretero, with La Fábrica Gallery (Madrid).
 
Hugo Bruce, with the gallery Espacio Valverde (Madrid).
 
Alejandra Sampedro, with About Art Gallery (Pontevedra).
 
Rocio Verdejo, with Art Deal Project (Barcelona).
Into the Light. Hugo Bruce.
 
The set is organized under a reflection that does not seek a unique narrative, but which sits under the open and flexible definition of the term "artifact".
 
In this sense, all artists have developed clearly built devices, result of a reasoned production process that does not hide its artificiality and its measurement accuracy. Plastic buildings whose poetry is their utility when critically analyze issues such as body, violence, landscape, death, nature, technology or art history dimension.
 
Panofobia. Alejandra Sampedro.
 
 
Questioning the senses received for listening to their shortcomings and propose alternative routes that travel is the way these projects which, taken together, reveal something hybrid, multifaceted and polyphonic.
 
One Project means, ultimately, the possibility of an observatory from which to contemplate some salient features of the uncertain, troubled, vulnerable and exciting situation of artistic creation that is currently being developed in Spain.

 

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.