Art Madrid fair and Art Brut in Círculo de Bellas Artes Madrid

"I am convinced that art is here more lively and exciting than

the manifestations of bored official art

even if it is catalogued as avant-garde". Jean Dubuffet

It is understood as marginal artist the one who develops his creative work outside of art institutions and official channels, especially motivated by an intrinsic creative drive that leads him to experiment with unconventional materials and techniques and create unique and personal universes, a kind of own cosmologies. The outsider art, also known as Art Brut or Intuitive Art has been associated in turn with self-taught artists and people affected by mental disorders and marginal individuals but with sensitivity and artistic production.

 
Although there is no unanimity about the conception and limits of Marginal Art, during the twentieth century the interest in this movement has increased and with it, the very concept of "artistic work". The contemporary art fair Art Madrid has dedicated part of its program Parallel to this art "in the margins of art."
 
"IN / BE / OUT SIDE ART", curated by Un Ojo para el Arte, Asociación Debajo del Sombrero and the poet Asier Vázquez Baths, and with the collaboration of Galería Alegría (Madrid) showcases the work of foreign artists alla norma and artists whose works are perceived from the tangent, works for those that have some sort of visual or hearing disabilities and that enjoy art in a more intuitive way, seeing without seeing with a sixth sense. "IN / BE / OUT SIDE ART" thus makes questions about the limits of art and the nature of artistic activity.
 
Artists: Belen Sánchez / Miguel García / Rubén Cabanillas / Alicia Moneva / Gabriela Targhetta / Irantzu Lekue / Yolanda Marco / Philipp Meyer
 
 
"Most people mistakenly believe that art is primarily a matter of visual assessment. IN / BE / OUT SIDE ART aims to stimulate and evaluate other sensitive possibilities present in art. Having accepted that our eyes are accustomed to look without seeing, will be aware of other views, "poses Azucena Hernandez of Un Ojo para el Arte, co-curator of the exhibition.
 
The artist Gabriela Targhetta with his piece 'Pictures to remember' poses a "showdown with the antivisual reality that brings us, in a way, to the sinister side. Accustomed to saturation, excess, overflow, loss of picture puzzles us. We associate the memory of a particular photographic surface that eventually ends in an overlapping with our own perception of the experience. What happens when we are denied the image? [...] We are situated in a fragile and unknown space, maybe invite us to rethink the visual behaviors that govern our daily lives. "
Alicia Moneva, that has made with Nacho Angulo the work 'Perception' "talks about the things that can be learned looking through other senses."
 
"IN / BE / OUT SIDE ART" also has the honor of having the first comic created for the blind, LIFE, by Phillipp Meyer, an expert in Interactive Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam (Germany). LIFE is "an experiment showing that it is possible to bring the graphic novel to a blind audience using paper as a medium, it is possible to tell a story without ink, text or sound-that becomes real through the imagination," explains Meyer . LIFE, as the name suggests, is a story about love, life and death through the simplest possible figure, a simple materic circle.

 

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.