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SPANISH TEXT/GALEGO

FOTÓGRAFOS GALLEGOS/GALICIANS PHOTOGRAPHERS


FRAN HERBELLO/GALICIA

Using the body to ponder identity, memory, time or death, through his own idiosyncrasies, up to an ironic point of its own origin: Aldán ria in Pontevedra. Resorting to quotes from daily life as simple notes in the margin or employing the power of black and white are forces behind the work of the Galician artist that underlie a subtle critique that he calls the ‘hounding of the digital society’. His images are products of the direct intervention of the subjects’ bodies, ephemeral interventions, performances and actions realized only to be photographed. Marks and incisions through the incorporation of textures allow him, after the application of a great amount of irony, to subvert pre-established categories. The apparent aggressiveness of the images, with surrealist reminiscences, contrasts with the harmony of the formal composition which he gives so much care to.

http://www.c5coleccion.com/
   
FÉLIX FERNÁNDEZ /GALICIA

Vexatio’ is inspired by the reflections Friedrich Nietzsche developed in his book “Así habló Zaratrustra” as the three transformations of man. These three conceptual phases are made into Fernandez’s project of three structural parts: the camel, the lion and the boy of the original text work in this production as moments of submission, rebellion and rebirth, respectively. The action in the photograph is developed from a narrative point of view and the wardrobe designs, created by Roberto Diz, have a statuesque component which reinforces the photo’s content by means of its transformations. He uses minimal elements for the production, an empty space with dramatic lighting, enveloping the structure of the image and placing the spectator in the midst of this space and time.


http://www.felixfernandez.org/
   

ANDREA COSTAS/GALICIA

Andrea Costas’s plastic experimentation covers the territories of photography, video and performance. The body is used as discourse and action to define a poetry full of nuances and suggestions which is followed by a deep reflection about the passing of time... transformations like the contrast between youth and old age or identity seen from different perspectives. Galicia sits as the backdrop for images of women from different ages and conditions – and the relationship between them. Costas shows a deep interest for the rapprochement of her work to the audience. In this communication she uses very direct linguistic codes, transmitting perfectly articulated work. According to the critic Ramón Rozas “Andrea Costas uses art to clash with the society she faces - and a lot of times to face up to challenges, problems, sorrows and torments. Even knowing that behind that compromise acquired with art there is a place full of contentments like those achieved when art is compromised with the human being”
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http://www.andreacostas.com/

   

MARTA PRIETO /GALICIA

The featured photography of Marta Prieto is part of a series titled “bajoagua”, forming groups of three pieces, always with the same elements. The work mirrors the distortion of daily rituals. Patisserie dolls embody the concentration of our memories and customs; the water as an element able to distort the image of the matter. A empty space, with no content and empty figures stand for customs which survive but are adapted to suit our life changes. Rituals are turned into sheer brightness, without a sense beyond the image, or the brevity of the landscape.

http://www.compostelacultura.org/

   
   
   
  NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS/FOTÓGRAFOS NACIONALES
   
ANA LAURA ALÁEZ/MADRID

Ana Laura Alaéz is at this moment preparing two important projects for 2008: “BRIDGE OF LIGHT”, an important piece for the New Museum of Towada City, Japan, and, in Spain, her solo exhibition in the Musac. In the year 2007 we can highlight her participation in the exhibition “INCÓGNITAS" at the Guggenheim in Bilbao, a cartography of Basque art after Oteiza, with one of her first pieces of emblematic sculpture “MUJERES SOBRE ZAPATOS DE PLATAFORMA”. She has already finished the video “EMPTY SPACES” filmed in Dubai after its presentation in November in the Museum of Sharjah, Arab Emirates.

Other important lines to highlight in her CV are:
-“ARQUITECTURA DE SONIDO”, Banco de la República Museum,Bogotá, 2006.
-“GOODBYE HORSES”,(KISS THE FROG-THE ART OF TRANFORMATION)The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, 2005.
.-“HELL DISCO”, Taidemuseo Tennispalatsi, Helsinki and Spanish Culture Center of Mexico,2004.
-“BEAUTY CABINET PROTOTYPE”, Palais of Tokyo, Paris, 2003.
-“THE ROYAL TRIP”, PS1, Moma, New York,2003.
-“SOUND RECORDING ROOM”, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum,Berlin.
-“PINK ROOM, LIQUID SKY, RAIN ROOM”, Pabellón Español de la Bienal de Venecia,2001.
-“DANCE & DISCO”, Espacio Uno in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid,2000.

http://www.analauraalaez.net/

   
EUGENIO RECUENCO/MADRID

In May 1968, the students from Madrid took part in a demonstration at the university campus and my mother went to hospital because I, who was hearing all that clamour, was in a hurry to be born. They took my first photos and very soon after, I realized I had to do something to avoid appearing so ugly again. The best thing would be to do the photos by myself. After spending some years in fine arts – with a specialty in painting – they made me think I was an artist. I lasted for a short time. Clients insisted on persuading me it was all shit. But all the while, there were more and more foreign magazines around me (Madame Figaro, Wad, Spoon, Planet, Vanity Fair, Stern, ZinK) and Spanish ones (Vogue, View, Vanidad), foreign campaigns (Boucheron, Baby Phat, Diesel, Rammstein, Mágnum, Nina Ricci), and even Spanish ones too (Festina, Custo, Carrera y Carrera, Codorniu, Mango Adorably, Loewe). Two years ago I was lucky enough to be obliged to present some photos for a competition on photography. I obtained the National Award of Photography ABC and I realised that my mother was not the only person who liked my photos. After that they have called on me to do some exhibitions: “Tras el espejo” in the Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid; BAC (Barcelona Arte Contemporáneo) in the CCCB in Barcelona; Circuit 8 (Art and Fashion) in Barcelona (Installation); La Santa (Space of Experimentation and Contemporary Creation); FEM III (Festival de Arte Edición Madrid) – Installation -. In the year 2005 in Cannes they decided that my photo for Playstation should receive the León de Oro. In Spain my family and I know this. I also obtained the award for the best art project at the FEM IV. Then last year I made the Lavazza 2007 calendar and also filmed an advertisement for Nina Ricci. This year I have filmed the commercials for Loewe’s advertising campaign, and participated in PhotoEspaña. I will film my second commercial for Nina Ricci, and will exhibit at the Naarden Photofestival in Holland. Even now I continue doing the same thing: working.

http://www.eugeniorecuenco.com/

   
DANIEL RIERA/BARCELONA

“One of the main characteristics of his production is the desire to work with all the expressive possibilities that magazines and other means of widespread coverage can offer – trying to interrelate the point of view of the traditional art spectator with the most generic mass-media public. His work offers a great variety of registers that converge: tendencies of fashion, the snapshots of characters, narrative sequences of images, intimate reflections with a constant interrogation about the personal arena and the public image with a marked character of hybridization of styles” (David Santaeulària, at the time of the exhibition by Daniel Riera “Fotografies”, Museum of the Garrotxa, 2000).

Title of the image: “Fotografías a Bjarne Melgaard for Butt magazine” (2005)

http://danielriera.com/