RUBÉN MARTÍN DE LUCAS WILL BE THE GUEST ARTIST OF ART MADRID’19

For its next edition of 2019, Art Madrid bets on the creative talent of Madrid-born artist Rubén Martín de Lucas, who will present an exclusive issue of his "Repúblicas mínimas" and will have a very active participation in the fair.

With the choice of the guest artist, Art Madrid wants to support authors in an initial or intermediate career that stand out for their committed character, their constant search for new expressive languages, the continuity in their artistic practice and the development of transnational projects that explore new discourses in contemporary art. It is a firm commitment to the creative talent that the fair will translate in a greater presence of the artist, by calling to participatory actions that involve the public with the processes of artistic production.

Rubén Martín de Lucas, "Repúblicas mínimas", nº 5

Since the beginning of his solo career, Rubén Martín de Lucas has developed a work focused on the relationship of the individual with the environment and his intervention on the territory. The discursive load of the work of this multidisciplinary artist adopts numerous forms and proposals, from painting to photography, although in recent times his projects tend to video creation. With an expressive language that starts from the exploration of the landscape and the analysis of the footprint of humankind in nature, Rubén proposes a critical approach to certain concepts that result in artificial delimitations, barriers and separations which the landscape does not understand. As he explains: "I speak of borders, of the strange concept of property of the land, of overpopulation, of industrial agriculture, of the anthropisation of the landscape. Understanding my work takes time and a small effort on the part of the viewer." To these ideas responds his most ambitious project "Stupid borders", of which "Repúblicas mínimas" is one of his lines of work: a process of creation permanently open that will have in Art Madrid a new unpublished piece.

Rubén Martín de Lucas, "Repúblicas mínimas", nº 11

From Art Madrid we want to value the constant evolution, the expressive search and the discursive commitment of Rubén's work. He is an indefatigable artist who does not understand obstacles, and risks in his works with innovative proposals. In addition, he has a mature and transcendent artistic discourse, resulting in a coherent and very promising career.

Rubén Martín de Lucas graduated in Civil Engineering in 2002, but before finishing his studies he began to excel in his artistic side by co-founding the Boa Mistura group, a collective that stands out mainly for its urban art interventions in Brazil, South Africa, Germany, Mexico or Norway. In 2015 he decided to start his solo career with a discourse focused on the reflection on the intervention of mankind in the environment; a thematic line from which several projects have already emerged and which have allowed Rubén to participate in numerous exhibitions inside and outside 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.