Aurora Vigil-Escalera Art Gallery has the honour of introducing, from November 3rd to 30th, the monographic exhibition by the prestigious Spanish photographer Chema Madoz, which will take place within the XIV Edition of the Encuentros Fotográficos de Gijón´s framework, curated by Esther Maestre.
Awarded the National Photography Prize in the year 2000, Chema Madoz presents in this exhibition a journey through his career, from his most emblematic works to his most recent pieces, all characterized as usual in his photographic production, by decontextualized objects which have become rightful icons of Madoz´s photography throughout his 40 year career.
Chema Madoz harnesses such objects to generate true visual poems. The photographer grants these objects completely new and unexpected by helping them escape their daily tasks, a life and a meaning establishing a relationship of complicity with the audience.
To reach such immediate connection with the audience, the photographer has been gradually shedding the superfluous in order to focus his gaze on the actual object, henceforth filling it with varied meanings while often frequently employing fine irony as well as an incomparable sense of humor.
In this manner, under Madoz’s eyes and inexhaustible imagination, the Eiffel Tower may become the heel of a women´s shoe, a mirror standing on the page of a book, or a sewer’s lid on a gown. Everything always combining and transgressing objects, combining image and concept in impeccably executed black and white photographs.
Such images meet their origin in the avant-garde from the first third of the 20th century -Dadaism and Surrealism, pioneer artistic movements in surprisingly play with objects, filling them with multiple meanings.
According to this manipulation of objects principle, it is not surprising that Chema Madoz avoids digital photography and the technology component in his photographs. He always works using analogical processes as it is demanded by his work, due to the fact that analogue allows the establishment of a link with reality, not achieved by digital photography.
Chema Madoz´s has been exhibited in major galleries and national and international art centres as the Royal Photographic Society in Madrid, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Netherland Photomuseum of Rotterdam, the Fondazione Marangoni M. in Florence, the Museum of Fine Arts in Caracas or the Fotofest International of Houston, among many others.
Moreover, his work is present in prestigious public and private collections such as the of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Juan March Foundation, the Museum of fine arts in Buenos Aires, the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM), the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, or the Fine Arts Museum of Houston, among others.