El Banquete, "El color blanco", 2017.



The process to select the ten winner projects of the 28th Edition of Circuitos de Artes Plásticas started in February 2017. Since 28 years ago, the Regional Government of Madrid organises this call for projects to fund the making of creative proposals by authors younger than 35 years. In addition to contribute to the production of the work, the award includes the exhibition of the pieces in the Sala de Arte Joven of Madrid.





Sala de Arte Joven.





This exhibition space has consolidated as a place of reference to contemporary art and artistic creation. On the 15th of November, the opening will finally show the work of these creators, which since their selection didn’t take a breath on work. The artists selected are: Miguel Sánchez Bastida, Antonio Menchén Iglesias, Javier Velázquez Cabrero, Covadonga Moya Álvarez-Buylla, Rafael Munárriz Gimeno, Julia Varela Arribas, Marian Garrido Herrojo, Víctor Santamarina Castaño, José Jurado Gómez y the collective El Banquete (compounded by Alejandría Cinque, Raquel G. Ibáñez y Marta van Tartwijk).





Coco Moya, "Vera Icon" and "Copia sin original", 2017. 





The selection process, ended up in July, was made by Antonio J. Sánchez Luengo, general under-director of Fine Arts; Javier Martín-Jiménez, Art Advisor of the Regional Government of Madrid; Manuel Segade, director of CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo; Sabrina Amrani, as a representative of the galleries sector; Patricia Villanueva, as a representative of the cultural management realm, and Isidro López Aparicio, an artist.





Julia Varela "Speech, speed, speechless, speeding, speedy, speedometer, speedboat, speed, skating, speed or nullum crimen, nulla poena sine praevia lege", 2012–2016.





Carlos Delgado Mayordomo was the curator of the showing, who will also lead the guided tours organised around the exhibition, starting on Wednesday 22nd. With these tours, the curator will enter more in-depth into the underlying subject of the exhibition, focused on art as a language of social critics in several aspects of human relationships, from power to gender issues.



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.