ABOUT AFRICA – From 25 FEB to 25 ABR at Est_Art

OPENING 25 FEB - 20.00h

Africa is a continent able to agglutinate from the most beautiful to the most cruel, a place where you can feel the "Ubuntu", the beauty, the magic of its landscapes and its people, or discover the horror of wars, the lack of medical treatments and the benefit of mafias. A territory to open your eyes, enjoying the beautiful and becoming aware of the censurable.

Dualities and perspectives that are discovered with the approach of 9 artists, through 3 disciplines.

Isabel Muñoz - In Africa she found the topography of human beings, skins turned into canvases that narrate their strength, their value, their status; the scarifications and the pigments (mineral and vegetable) will give away the stories attached to their skin. But this continent also makes her the speaker of the weak, of lost childhoods, of the excluded, of broken women, ... denouncing and opening our eyes to what we do not want to see, so that our glass worlds, hermetically closed to the pain of others, are not threatened. Africa as a container and continent of dualities captured by her camera.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pío Cabanillas – Iltilal is a small Maasai boma between Kenya and Tanzania, where Pio's camera moves into the rhythm and scenes of the cadenced daily routine of its people. He focuses on the depth of their expressions creating ethnic portraits of closeness where the gesture of its protagonists takes us into their territory, confronting deep and direct gazes with other elusive and introspective, combining the rotundity and intimacy of its inhabitants

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sara Janini – Africa was her starting point, 3 months there constituted the beginning of her new life after abandoning her future as an economist, Madagascar would open the doors to her work as a photojournalist with which she has been travelling the world for 20 years. She has returned to this continent more than 30 times, getting to know its people, landscape and fauna.  Discovering the human factor, learning to listen through her lens, collecting stories and taking us all on a journey to her territory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Javier Noain – In 2003, several headlines caught his attention and generated his repulsion for the social, political and economic actions that were taking place around the problems of immigration, causing an internal convulsion that would lead to a work under the title of "Africa in its Corner". He will choose varnish as a creative material to filter his thoughts and materialize them in his work. Headlines such as "If they stand up abruptly they fall into the sea. They don't scream, they don't splash. You can't hear anything" could be read then... Today they would not be published as they are probably considered not very "correct"... but they still die.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura de la Cierva – She fled to Africa for a catharsis without knowing it. After two years she returned trapped by the Ubuntu, having learned to spread her wings. Perhaps she had them hidden under her skin as an inheritance from her great-grandfather Juan de la Cierva, but it was this continent and its people who helped her to spread them. Its streets forged her as an artist and as a person, wrapped her up and inoculated her essence in it, and showed her that her path would be to project herself in her paintings and to cross the skies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uriel Seguí – Wood is the element chosen to unfold a landscape of grooves and colour. Abstractions of the landscape, textiles, rites... rebuild the African territory as a huge plane influenced by Uriel's architectural knowledge. Cleft wood that leaves a trace, sometimes as an element of the beginning and end of a dangerous journey, or that hides behind the cutting of forests a millionaire business that sustains guerrillas and takes lives. But at the same time, covered by colour on the surface as a metaphor for the plurality and beauty of its orography and people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jesús Curiá – On this occasion, the bodies harbor Curia's interest in other cultures. Without distancing himself from his line of work on the physiognomy of the human being, he incorporates the ethnic and tribal character as a container and background from which the figure emerges. And the heads leave the nudity and ambiguity that characterize him, to sustain the heritage of rites and ceremonies, fusing men and masks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gema Lumbreras – Bronze, resins and calcium carbonates tell us about the stories that sank into the sea and never got told. Books of lives, fights, dreams and projects that remained unwritten. Or perhaps identities that were lost in the transition to a better life, and once on land were rebuilt from scratch in new individuals who left behind fear, precariousness and an absence of future

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ángel Cañas - Pieces made with recycled tires, adapting the physiognomy of the animals to the lines of his sculpture. He combines two areas of awareness, on the one hand, respect for animals, and on the other, reflection on recycling. Africa is a common destination for European criminal groups who resell second-hand tyres there that should have been taken out of circulation, making millions in profits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the proposals of the 10 artists mentioned above, the exhibition will contain a private collection of African Art




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