TRIBUTE TO DAVID BOWIE and 1970s ROCK LEGENDS
From 8th June to 31st August 2019
OPENING Saturday 8th June 19.30 hs
PGA CATALUNYA RESORT - HOTEL EL CAMIRAL
"If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there would be peace.." John Lennon
MONDO GALERIA in collaboration with Amante Collection present at PGA CATALUNYA RESORTS - Hotel Camiral a selection of photographs by Gijsbert Hanekroot as a tribute to David Bowie and other legends of the 1970s like Mick Jagger, John & Yoko, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry or Frank Zappa.
20 original photographs by Gijsbert Hanekroot arrive for the first time to Barcelona to depict a decade of changes and revolution through music. A time when sex, drugs and rock´n´roll were the mainstream while the post-war economic boom was coming to an end. A pivotal change in culture. The “Me” culture, as quoted by Tom Wolfe, was the beginning of a self-centred society, based on the importance of the individual as contrary to the community. It was the birth of the self-created personality, and this collection of photographs portray some of the best influencers of the 70s. in this art.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono (1971) © Gijsbert Hanekroot
from 2nd to 30th JUNIE 2018
OPENING Saturday 2nd June from 12 to 22 hs
"They began a journey that continues through generations. They remain faithful to their tradition" Andrea Santolaya
MONDO GALERIA presents the latest unpublished work by Madrid born photographer Andrea Santolaya. "Russkaya Amerika", a trip to the far extremes of Alaska where she meets the last settlement of the Old Beleivers (sect separated from the Russian Orthodox Church in 1966). Emigrated from Russia finally settled in this corner of the world after fleeing the persecution for years through three continents (Siberia, China, Brazil, Oregon and finally Alaska)
FLORES PARA MI FUNERAL
Desde el 30 de Septiembre / From September 30th 2017
INAUGURACIÓN Sábado 30 de Septiembre 12hs / Opening September 30th - 12hs
“Flores para mi Funeral”. Piezas únicas en gelatina de plata de Casimiro Martinferre quien fue accésit en el 1º PREMIO INTERNACIONAL DE FOTOGRAFÍA MONDO GALERIA y que ahora forma parte de nuestros artistas representados. Pide un catálogo para poder reservar las obras antes de la exposición ya que se nos van de las manos.
Travesía de Belén 2. Madrid – 28004
“Flowers for my Funeral”, unique pieces on silver gelatin by Casimiro Martinferre who has been a runner up at the 1º INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PRICE MONDO GALERIA and now he is part of our represented artists. Ask for a catalogue to book this unique works before they fly away from our hands.
30th September 2017. Travesía de Belén 2. Madrid – 28004
“Flores para mi funeral”. 2017. Casimiro Martinferre.
SOBRE LA OBRA
Hablar de fotografía es hablar de palabras, de sentidos, de inspiración. Una luz y el negro. Una oscuridad, el negativo.
Al pensar en la obra de Casimiro Martinferre pienso inmediatamente en Baudelaire, Charles. Aquel mitológico hito de Historia. Aquella llama nocturna soplada a fuelle de gaita. A vientos tempestuosos que nos traen el mar, nuestra poca cordura y el comienzo arcaico de una modernidad que hoy acaba.
Pues sí. Llegamos al fin sin saber qué hacer con nuestro desperdicio, con la codicia que flota en un Manifiesto delicado y tenue en busca de luz. Aquella que perdimos.
Gelatinas de plata que tuercen las palabras en un arcabuz emocional del que no estamos a salvo, ni queremos. Estamos aquí, ahora, en el momento exacto que nos corresponde. El momento de comenzar a ver que estamos muriendo y que eso es lo más valioso de nuestro tiempo, lo que nos hace brillar. Dilucidar un futuro creado por el empuje de una herencia descontrolada de pasado.
¿Y ahora? Me pregunto atónito. Ahora… es el momento de abrir este libro, de seguir sus palabras, de descubrir imágenes que hablan tanto de un planeta sucio de nosotros mismos como de un alma ardiente despojada de coraza.
BY THE RIVER OF KINGS
Jacob Aue Sobol
From 17th FEBRUARY to 30th MARCH 2018
OPENING Saturday 17th February 20hs
"The Chao Phraya River is the lifeblood of Thailand. It is born as the Ping and Nan rivers become one. From there its waters flow south to Bangkok. These pictures are a recording of what I saw and the people I met along The River of Kings in Bangkok." J.A.S
MONDO GALERIA presents for the first time in Spain "BY THE RIVER OF KINGS" an exhibition of the Danish photographer member of the MAGNUM PHOTOS agency: Jacob Aue Sobol (Copenhagen, 1976). This work compiled in a book of the same name presents “the” city of Bangkok found by the photographer. Its streets, its people, its lights sifted by the black and white contrast so particular of Sobol´s work. His approach to people is very special, his search for beauty in unique compositions that poke around in between the grotesque and the unbridled at times and between the perverse and the childish others, but always in the search for love.
The author will be present on the opening to sign books and a portfolio review will be organized for photographers who like to Exchange with the photographer.
“By the river of Kings”. 2016. Jacob Aue Sobol.
Bangkok, Nueva York, Singapur, Madrid ...
Black and White photography has challenged the world of truth; it has defined a parallel reality beyond comprehension. We have absorbed information coming from a medium presumed to be close to real life but certainly seriously far from it, much closer to a hallucinatory realm. When have our dreams or imagination been deprived of color? When have our collective unconscious been on black and white?
Photography has been from its beginning, somewhere in the middle of 19th century, a tool to help socioeconomic development to grow on a controlled direction, taking us to what we understand today as “common… ordinary”.
“Ordinary” or “common” did not exist before we could print a presence or personality on film or paper. (not even think of image in motion). Everybody was, as a matter of being, not focused on the looks of others; of “The other”.
Nowadays we concentrate on an individuality pushed and pampered by fashion, image and aesthetics, leaving aside humanity, sensibility and love. There is where evolution from personal disappearance has brought us, pressed by technocracy and scientology (not religiously). Religion is far from it, its abandon, left behind. No rules of control or order, just business. As always has been but in a macro way (wave. Tsunami). An endless desperation for selling what nobody wants. An invented market empty of goods, empty of content.
We travel far, and we do not see the human. We travel far trying to find a difference to pumper us, that makes us feel comfortable on our shit. That creates an “Other” where it’s just light; silver and paper. Humanity is there, on the streets that are different from our streets but deeply inside are the same ones. On rivers that carry an energy that its somewhere in our veins but we don’t want to see it. In an order, that because it seems different to ours, makes us feel it as distant, but it’s really there, just next to our day by day things on the deep core of family life. Can we change that? Can we move from our convention and accept a different stream, a different source, a different river?
That’s the challenge, the purpose, the quest that we face on this work. A vision, of a world that is there, waiting for us to accept it and to acknowledge it as a part of our life.
“By the river of Kings”. 2016. Jacob Aue Sobol.
From 30th NOVEMBER 2017 to 30th JANUARY 2018
OPENING thursday 30th November - 20hs
“It was very free-form, and I´d never been happier. Being around jazz musicians, I learned how to improvise. That changed my life. It was risk-taking and it was exciting.” DF
MONDO GALERIA presents for the first time in Spain a solo exhibition by Deborah Feingold, an American photographer pioneer of adding musicality to portraiture. Always close to the music scene, each one of her images has a careful construction based on rhythm and melody overturned to color, which has managed to tame beasts of the likes of Keith Richards or Tom Wolfe, as well as create intimate dialogues with less hedonistic characters such as Brian Eno or Sinead O'Connor. Her indisputable career makes it today, with time, one of the most important portraitists of pop culture since the end of the 70s.
“David Byrne”. 1983. ©Deborah Feingold.
20 of the best portraits by Deborah Feingold make this exhibition an unmatchable tour through the last decades of a century (XXth) when popular culture was invented and that musicians were turned into great visual aspirations beyond their musical talents.
“Sinead O´Connor” 1990. ©Deborah Feingold
The musicality on the portrait
Musicality is related to the beautiful, the aesthetic and the tangible of music, but it also refers to what is born inside, which is inherent to the musical person. Almost all good musicians, if we observe, carry that musicality in their person. Their posture, their way of walking, the expressions or the space they fill in. That musicality is what Deborah Feingold captures with her camera.
Although aware of the presence of the camera, the portrayed one appears playing, creating, negotiating his image with the photographer. Although the compositions are sometimes complex, naturalness is what always prevails, strangely, within these moments built to the millimeter. There is whaere we can see her experience, a photographer who knows how to prepare her canvas so that at the moment of shooting it is the improvisation that prevails, the ease, the fluidity of the moment and the encounter. And in this she behaves totally like a Jazz musician. Miles Davis (with whom Deborah had the opportunity to coincide) does not improvise on an empty open field, the king of the bebop, like his friend Coltrane or many others, improvise on a specific melody, once absorbed and assimilated. When they dominate it, is when they can put it together and disarm it innumerable times, undo it, dissect it and always return to it as if nothing had happened.
In the image exists a time factor that is irreversible, but that is what ends up creating a good photograph. That: it could not be half a second before or a half after. There is an exact moment that makes the photograph and that moment in the portrait is a moment of confluence between the photographer and the photographed, a supreme moment that is engraved on the plate and it is the result of all the ingredients that were carefully prepared for that image, added to the improvisation of the moment and united by an amalgam of time and magic that is the only thing that create an image as these are. Then, analysis will come with the years, the time, who have become the portrayed or if an image has become an icon or not, but, the important thing, the essential, was there dormant from the exact moment it was shot.
“Brian Eno” 1981. ©Deborah Feingold
ABOUT THE ARTIST
(Rhode Island, 1951)
One of photographer Deborah Feingold's earliest darkrooms was actually a prison cell. After graduating from Emerson College in the early 1970's, she was awarded a grant to teach photography to troubled youth in a Boston prison, affirming her belief in the power of the camera as a tool for self-expression and communication and laying the groundwork for a decades-long career photographing the most prominent names in American culture.
Feingold moved to New York City in 1976, where her relationship with a jazz musician inspired her to embrace a spirit of improvisation in her photography and led to her first major assignment: shooting jazz icon Chet Baker for the Artist House record label. Her work with Baker and others on the label caught the attention of Musician magazine, who hired Feingold as their New York liaison.
Turning her small apartment into a makeshift studio (this time her shower stall served as the dark room) and freewheeling it on the unpredictable streets of New York, Feingold captured indelible images of some of the most legendary names in music, from B.B. King and James Brown to Bono and Madonna to REM and Pharrell.
Feingold's unique ability to put her subjects almost immediately at ease engendered the kind of rare moments of honesty and intimacy that became the hallmark of her work, and over the ensuing decades, her photographs would appear in Rolling Stone, Time, Newsweek and The New York Times among others, along with countless album and book covers. The portraits in her catalog read like a who's who of cultural icons: President Barack Obama, Mick Jagger, Bill Gates, Tom Wolfe, Prince, Johnny Depp, George Carlin, and many more.
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