until 20.12. | #1693ARTatBerlin | The Photo Edition Berlin presents from 28th October 2017 the photographer Cristina García Rodero and Chema Madoz. They are among the most internationally recognized Spanish photographers and their work is represented in important collections all over the world.
The exhibition presents a selection of works that approach the poetic possibilities of contemporary photography from two perspectives.
Chema Madoz – zapato caballo, 50×60, e15. copia
Chema Madoz – Ajedrez mecanico, 26,8×21, 6
Cristina García Rodero is offering us a remarkable aesthetic approach through images that reflect the complex relationship between body and mind in today’s society. Garcia Rodero’s breakout year was 1989 with the publication of España Oculta, which was named “Book of the Year” at the Arles Festival of Photography, and which won the prestigious W. Eugene Smith Foundation Prize. Like the famed photo essayist, Garcia Rodero’s work goes far beyond documentary and ethnological studies, her images resonant with unique, provocative insights into social rites, practices and behavior that are at once of their time and timeless.
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Chema Madoz -Tic Tac, 50×50
With the success of España Oculta came many other projects, both personal and assigned, that gave her the time and support to explore in depth other cultures with camera in hand. Even in the unknown she found the familiar, often focusing on intimate and outlandish ceremonies: from the pilgrimage of the Black Christ in Panama to the Hindu Holi Festival of Colors in India to the pagan rituals of Burning Man in the Nevada desert. Whatever her subject matter, there is very little distance—figuratively and literally—between Garcia Rodero and her subjects. Wherever she is in the world, the seemingly demure photographer is antipodal to the detached observer and much closer to the willing participant.
To further expand her photographic opportunities and global reach, Garcia Rodero joined Magnum Photos in 2005, becoming a full member of the legendary agency in 2009.
Chema Madoz – sombrero estantería, 60×50
Chema Madoz – bombilla texto, 60×50, ed 5 15
In his photographs, Chema Madoz shows paradoxical worlds of everyday objects in a subtle and ironic way. Familiar objects are placed in a new context, beyond a function – and achieve a new meaning through the playful interaction with other objects. These assembled constructions play with reality, our perception and exaggerate it – and release it in a poetic way.
At the end of 1999 the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía dedicates him an individual show “Objetos 1990 – 1999″, which was the first retrospective show of this museum for a living spanish photographer.
Chema Madoz has received a number of important awards and honors such as: Kodak Spain Prize (1991), National Photography Award, Spain (2000), Higasikawa Overseas Photographer Prize from the Higasikawa PhotoFestival (Japan) (2000), PhotoEspaña Award (2000).
Chema Madoz – The End, 50×60
His work is represented in many private and public collections, including Museo de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Colección Fundación Telefónica, Madrid; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Fonds National d`art Contemporain. París; DZ Bank Kunstsammlung among others.
This is his second exhibition held in the gallery.
Vernissage: Saturday, 28th October 2017, 7 – 9 p.m.
Exhibition Period: Saturday, 28th October to Wednesday, 20th December 2017Zur photo editon berlin
Cover: Cristina García Rodero: The protective hand. Venezuela, 2006
Exhibition: Cristina García Rodero + Chema Madoz – Contemporary Photography from Spain – Photo edition berlin | Contemporary Art – Kunst in Berlin – ART at Berlin