THE INTERACTIVE ILLUSTRATION OF ANA JUAN

 

Drawing of Ana Juan


Ana Juan, Valencia 1961. She studied BBAA. In his native city, at the beginning of the XXI century it gave the international leap appearing even in the cover of the New Yorker. Also, in these same dates begins to experiment with the infantile literature, sort that continues practicing until our days. Already in 2010, she was awarded the National Enlightenment Award, consecrated as one of the most influential illustrators of our era. Now, the ABC Museum of Madrid dedicates this pioneering exhibition that breaks the exhibition limits.

 

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Figures and chiaroscuro predominate in this graphic adventure, where the lights and the shadows are represented with rigorous strokes of coal pencil. This graphic-interactive challenge has been possible thanks to the collaboration with Unit Experimental (collaboration group between the Faculty of BBAA and the Higher Technical School of Informatics Engineering of the Polytechnic University of València). The result of this union, is the most futuristic individual exhibition to date in the capital.

 

View of the exhibition

 

 

The reinterpretation of their illustrations through an app makes them come to life. A new resource that can be downloaded on our smartphones and browse the different points of the room. They are operative for both Android and Iphone. And not only offers this technological immersion, but the exhibition offers other activities such as the guided tour of the exhibition with the artist, on 17 and 19 May at 18:30 (for this activity requires prior registration at the reception of the Museum).

 

 

Drawing of Ana Juan

 

 

The staging of two of his best-known books, such as, Another Turn of the Nut by Henry James and Snowhite's version of Snow White make it possible for the viewer to contemplate both the original canvases that served to illustrate the books, how to be part of the game Created from his illustrated story. The room is the scene of the game and its spectators the protagonists who will undoubtedly get a good impression of these drawings.

 

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.