Chema Madoz. The Still Traveller
Miradas de Asturias
From 09 February to 16 April 2017
Location: Sala 1
Sun and Fest, 10:30–14h
Thirty-four unpublished photographs and a video make up this view of Asturias authored by the acclaimed photographer.
The guest photographer for the fifth edition of Miradas de Asturias is Chema Madoz (Madrid, 1958), winner of the National Photography Award in 2000, who brings us an exhibition at Conde Duque consisting of 34 unpublished photographs (all unique copies) plus a video.
“Chema Madoz makes his photographs by manipulating images and everyday objects to reveal new facets to their symbolic capacities. To produce this exhibition, entitled El viajero inmóvil (The Still Traveller), Chema Madoz has had to travel the path he would normally take in his work in reverse order: this time it’s not the objects and their free meanings that have the last word; instead, it’s the very idea of Asturias that has been turned into the object of observation and description.
From Madoz’s perspective and as he sees it, looking at Asturias requires turning the reality of its geographic space, customs and people into an abstraction. To do this he proposes a still journey, since to produce the work he doesn’t need to travel to the place itself or obtain images of everyday life. It’s about travelling through one’s imagination to discover the conceptual elements shaping the notion of an Asturias of the mind. Using iconic representation’s ability to summarise, he brings us closer to the landscape and to raw nature, to the sea and to its inhabitants, to the rainy climate and the mountains and, through the collision of senses, he speaks about traditions and the way people are. With this he manages to connect observation of this small region with its poetic depictions, which come and go from pure abstraction to the specific, all the while employing a sense of humour, a consistent quality of his work.
In short, this is Chema Madoz’s Asturias and we know the traveller really has been still. We can accompany him on his Asturian journey through the photographs in this exhibition, which prove simply, elegantly and precisely that he never moved from the spot while this work was being made.”
(Text by Borja Casani, exhibition curator)
Organised and promoted by: María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation
In collaboration with: Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid
Curator: Borja Casani
Chema Madoz (Madrid, 1958)
Durante los primeros años ochenta realiza estudios de Historia en la Universidad Complutense, que compagina con su formación fotográfica en diferentes cursos y escuelas de Madrid. Realiza su primera exposición en 1985. A principios de los años 90, sus imágenes poseen ya un lenguaje definido y personal.
Premio Kodak (1991), Premio Nacional de Fotografía (2000), Premio PhotoEspaña (2000), Premio Bartolomé Ros (2010) y Premio “Overseas” Higasikawa, Japón (2000), entre otros. Autor destacado en la Bienal de Houston (2000), ha expuesto en diferentes lugares: Galería Moriarty, Madrid; Galería Joan Prats, Barcelona; Yossi Milo, Nueva York; Galería OMR, México; Lisa Sette Gallery, Arizona; Galería Esther Woerdehoff, París; Galería PDNB, Dallas; Galería 111, Lisboa y Galería Elvira González, Madrid, entre otros.
También en museos como el Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela; Museo de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires; Kiasma Museum, Helsinki; Netherland Photomuseum, Rotterdam; Hermitage Museum, Kazan; Multimedia Art Museum, Moscú; Museo Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Chile; Museum Für Angewandtekunst, Frankfurt; Museet for Fotokunst de Dinamarca. Encuentros de la Fotografía de Arles, Francia. Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, Fundación Joan Miró, Mallorca, Fundación La Pedrera, Barcelona y CCBB, Río de Janeiro.