The Most Beautiful Land. Cuba
José Ramón Bas » Juan Manuel Castro Prieto » Toni Catany » Juan Manuel Díaz Burgos » José Maria Díaz-Maroto » Cristina García Rodero » Alberto García-Alix » Ángel Marcos » José María Mellado » Enrique Meneses » Isabel Muñoz »
Exhibition: 8 Jun – 16 Sep 2012
Casa de América
C/ Marqués del Duero, 2
Casa de América
Marqués del Duero, 2
Mon-Fri 11-19:30 . Sat 11-15
At the Casa de América, the group show The Most Beautiful Land. Cuba is an exhibitionof 66 photographs by 11 leading Spanish photographers, which capture their personal viewof the island using a wide variety of styles and approaches.
The photographer, in his stubborn search for sources of inspiration, pursues new cultures, new landscapes, new people. The pictures in this exhibition will transport viewers to various corners of the great island of Cuba, allowing them to see the land, feel the skin, taste the flavour of a different culture, close to us yet still distant. Through 66 pictures by eleven photographers, the exhibition seeks to lay bare the soul of these artists, to pierce their very essence, the core of their narrative, emotional, visual and even human outlook. In doing so, it creates a map of what Cuba has meant to them, revealing a solid, shared passion for the island.
The exhibition includes medium-format pictures by José Ramón Bas, brimming with colour, light and life; Juan Manuel Castro Prieto’s series Strangers; austere, nostalgic photographs by Toni Catany; the portrait of an unadorned life by Juan Manuel Díaz Burgos; simple scenes turned into unforgettable one-off encounters by José María Díaz Maroto; a series of unpublished portraits by Alberto García-Alix; the moving compositions of Cristina García Rodero; work by the great press photographer Enrique Meneses, who lived with the guerrilla fighters for ten months in 1957; “technique at the service of non-conformism” by Ángel Marcos; the particular idiom of José Maria Mellado, verging on magic hyper-realism; and the work of Isabel Muñoz, shifting between the spiritual and the carnal.