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La naturaleza de las cosas

Chema Madoz. La naturaleza de las cosas y su eco en la colección.


Museo Patio Herreriano, Valladolid


Del 16 de enero al 2 de mayo de 2021


Exposición comisariada por Oliva María Rubio



La exposición de Chema Madoz que ahora acoge el Museo Patio Herreriano es una buena oportunidad para conocer el trabajo del artista madrileño y de situarlo en una suerte de genealogía. Se establece un diálogo con artistas de la colección del Museo, con los que comparte una sensibilidad semántica y estética. Así, a las fotografías de Madoz se suman las imágenes de los objetos deconstruidos y recompuestos de Ángel Ferrant o el material escultórico de Joan Brossa y Perejaume. Cobran especial significación en este contexto las fotografías de Ángel Ferrant que documentan los objetos que mostró en las Galerías Syras de Barcelona a principios de los años treinta y que más tarde, no contento con su resultado, destruyó. Estas fotografías delatan un interés por el comportamiento de elementos heterogéneos que se encuentra en una esfera próxima a la de Chema Madoz. No es menos conocida la relación del fotógrafo con Joan Brossa, a través de la tensión entre los objetos y las ideas que también cultiva, con similar aliento poético, Perejaume.


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Caio Reisewitz

Text by Verónica Stigger (Porto Alegre, 1973), writer, art critic, curator and professor. 


3D tour


From the 11 of March, we shall exhibit Recado da Mata, the fourth exhibition by Caio Reisewitz at Galeria Joan Prats. We present 11 photographs, a video, and an audio piece.


Caio Reisewitz has gathered many of the photographs in this exhibition together in response to reading books written by two great thinkers and indigenous leaders working in Brazil today: A queda do céu [The fall of heaven] by Davi Kopenawa with co-authorship from Bruce Albert, and Ideias para adiar o fim do mundo [Ideas to postpone the end of the world] by Ailton Krenak. The title of the exhibition furthermore lends itself from the preface written by anthropologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castro for Kopenawa and Bruce Albert’s book who in turn alludes to the tale O recado do morro [The Message of the Hill], by Joao Guimarées Rosa. In the story, a homeless man and a hermit warn the people of the region about a message they claim to have received from Morro da Garça (Hill of Garça) itself. In a group of 7 men, one of them will be killed through treason. In the preface Viveiros de Castro begins with the idea of imminent death proclaimed by nature, now it is not from the voice of the hill but through the voice of the jungle. The jungle warns us that it is being exterminated by man; this is the message that Caio Reisewitz attempts to convey in his photographs.


One of the most recent works presented in the exhibition by Caio Reisewitz is Ambé, whose title much like the other works displayed (excluding Penedo), refers to a place name of Tupí origin. Ambé is the name of a rural community 80km from the center of Macapá in Amapá. However, in the Amazon region it also means that which is rugged, frizzy and rough. Much like the vast majority of Reisewitz’s works, in this photograph we are unable to distinguish human presence. We see only a thick tangle of branches, trunks and leaves characteristic of the Amazon rainforest. Nevertheless, the inability to distinguish human presence in the jungle does not mean it is uninhabited. The indigenous placename reminds us that for Amerindians the jungle is continuously full of a multiplicity of beings that remain invisible to us (…). By pasting fragments of different photographs, overlaying them, and re-photographing them with colour manipulation, provides the scene with a bluish tint. In Ambé, Reisewitz creates an unreal almost spectral environment; he shows an image of a dream or a vision of a shaman. Despite our inability to see the invisible beings of the jungle we are still able to sense their presence (…).


Always concerned about man’s rampant exploitation of nature and its dire consequences, Caio Reisewitz, in photographs such as Tipioca and Upurupã, finds a way to make this message even more eloquent, more visible. He overlaps an image of the jungle with part of the Palácio Del Planalto (the seat of Brazil’s federal executive power) which we glimpse at like a ghost or apparition floating menacingly. We must not ignore that this exhibition takes place at a time when the government is currently under the rule of President Jair Bolsonaro. Jair Bolsonaro is an admitted accomplice to the greatest devastation ever imposed on the Amazon and Pantanal in recent history. Deforestation reached its highest level since 2008. Additionally, there have been repeated attacks against the indigenous population, their territories and their given rights which were stipulated in the 1988 Constitution. In the last two years, several Brazilian cities including those in Southeast and South have been covered by smoke for days dye to forest fires. It is no longer just a message, but a loud cry of help from the jungle.




Caio Reisewitz (São Paulo, 1967) lives and works in São Paulo. He is one of the most important photographers from Brazil; he has focused his work on the difficult relationship between nature and people. Recent individual exhibitions include: Biblioteca, Museo de Antioquia, Colombia (2018); Altamira, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (2017); Ingenios de hoy, Photoespaña, Museo de Albacete (2016); Disorder, Maison Europeénne de la Photographie, Paris and Florestas, favelas e falcatruas, Huis Marseille Museum voor Fotografie, Amsterdam (2015); Caio Reisewitz, ICP – International Center of Photography, New York (2014). He has participated in Biennale de l’Image Tangible, Paris (2018); The Guangzhou Image Triennial (2017); Bienal de Curitiba, Brazil (2015 and 2013); Biennial Daegu Photo, South Korea (2014), Project LARA Latin American Roaming Artist, Colombia (2013), Nanjing Biennale (2010), Bienal del Fin del Mundo of Ushuaia, Argentina (2009 and 2007), Venice Biennale (2005) representing Brazil, and in São Paulo Art Biennial (2004). His work has been shown in international arts centers, such as Beijing Minsheng Art Museum; Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona; Gropius Bau, Berlin; Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami; MARCO, Vigo; CAAC, Seville; MUSAC, León; Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Goiás, Goiania; Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Bahia; Casa da Imagem, OCA, São Paulo; CCBB, Rio de Janeiro and Grand Palais, Paris; amongst others.




Línea Dolca 2008 – 2018. Irrefrenable 

Sala Concepción Arenal, Centro Cultural Los Arenales. Archivo y Biblioteca Central de Cantabria. 

08.10 – 09.11.2020 



Esta exposición nace de una selección de imágenes de las miles que componen el archivo personal de Juan Uslé. Son imágenes de paisajes naturales y urbanos, naturalezas muertas, retratos, autorretratos, personajes familiares y anónimos, rincones de su casa, su estudio o meras superficies anónimas. Toda una línea continua de imágenes que combinan tramas, luces, sombras, abstracciones, reflejos y composiciones tanto orgánicas como geometrías, que van desde las horizontales o verticales hasta las diagonales. Fotografías a color, donde los motivos, texturas y tonalidades nos remiten al universo pictórico del artista.


Sus fotografías nos muestran todo aquello que rodea o llama la atención de Uslé, sin escenografía o manipulación. Son una mirada trasversal e íntima que abarca motivos, composiciones y colores, todos ellos sugerentes y seductores para el espectador, estrechando así la distancia entre realidad y ficción.



Exposición incluida dentro de la programación de PHotoESPAÑA Santander 2020.



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Exhibition view

Opening 16.01, 19h

Exhibition 17.01 – 30.05.2020



On Thursday January 16, we will open the seventh exhibition of Chema Madoz at the Galeria Joan Prats. We will present recent works made between 2012 and 2018.


The black and white photographs by Chema Madoz are characterized by their sharpness and fineness. Simple objects of everyday life appear in his pictures. The photographer has manipulated them, often combining two objects, looking for associations or paradoxes. These sculptures created by the artist are born only to be photographed, always with natural light. The change of scale and the absence of color allow us to establish a distance and at the same time distort reality, questioning ideas such as the true and the possible.


In the images of Chema Madoz, therefore, two points of view converge, the one from the photographer himself and the one from the viewer, who faces photography from the same place from where he faced the object. In the words of Chema Madoz, he is interested in “the idea of finding, discovering and perceiving the mystery in everyday life.” At the same time, the artist conceives reality as an exercise of reading, and with a cold look, he documents the destruction of its rules through photography.


All the photographs are printed on baryta paper and sulfide toned.

Chema Madoz CCCB

06.06.2019, 18h30

CCCB, Barcelona



Chema Madoz, Premio Nacional de Fotografía, ha creado una fotografía inspirada en la física cuántica a través de un diálogo con Ignacio Cirac, director del Instituto Max Planck de Óptica Cuántica en Múnich, uno de los mayores expertos mundiales en computación cuántica. En esta mesa redonda se analizará el proceso de creación de esta pieza y el papel de la filantropía en la investigación científica.


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MACA Alicante

26.10.2018 – 17.1.2019



Esta exposición muestra dos etapas del Gordillo más cercano a la fotografía: una primera con el trabajo fotográfico de los 70, casi en su totalidad en blanco y negro, y otra posterior, donde ya aparece el color y la utilización de la nueva tecnología digital, que le abre al artista un campo casi infinito a la experimentación.


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B/W photograph on baryta paper, sulfide toned, ed. of 7

Madrid, 1958
Lives and works in Madrid


Chema Madoz’s work, close to visual poetry, shows a constant inclination towards symbolism, using images that are characterized by a subtle play of paradoxes and metaphors.


With regards to the ‘Still Life’ conventions, his photographs show objects that contain “life” and discover a new dimension of meaning through contextualization, relocation or juxtaposition of common and everyday appearances. In this manner, Chema Madoz shapes an imaginary that challenges our credulity in the picture, and in the existence of an intangible reality.