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Hilger modern

Hilger modern

Private Gallery
ARCO 2010 - Special Presentation 聲gel Marcos 17.2. - 21.2.2010
聲gel Marcos
聲gel Marcos
  Hall 10 Booth E01

17.2. - 21.2.2010
17.2. - 18.2.2010 - Professional Days
19.2. - 21.2.2010 - General Public

Parque Ferial Juan Carlos I
28042 MADRID

聲gel Marcos's large format pictures force us to look at detail and reveal the singular insularity of Cuba, a place where time seems to have stood still and which seems somehow to have stepped out of history. It is this mute confrontation that makes the work so compelling. Real life seems to have deserted these streets and houses. They no longer ring with the laughter of their inhabitants, and death seems to have taken over the living. What makes Angel Marcos's work so strangely beautiful is that each picture is like a funeral portrait from Fayoum (During the first to third century AD in Egypt, painted panel portraits, more commonly referred to as the Fayoum portraits were sometimes placed over the heads of mummies. The "Fayoum Portraits" were life-like paintings of the deceased that were once bandaged in place over the face of the mummy) calling out to us in eerie silence.

聲gel Marcos started out on the trail of the great cities of China. The photographer has created monumental tableaux to introduce us to the pulsating mega cities and molochs of Shanghai, Peking and Hong Kong. The images he has shot testify to the glaring opposition of old and new, tradition and modernity, the Western world and ancient Asian tradition. Marcos's photos are stored traces of ephemerality, traces that some time or other might disappear for ever: small temples, pagodas, steaming cook shops on the street corner, parked bicycles on the pavement, washing hung out to dry on the crazy tangle of telephone cables. Modern bridge constructions bore their way brutally into the historic Chinese building substance, poignantly underlining their brittle fragility. Innovation and economy versus tradition and culture.

The artist's new project "La Mar Negra" addresses the phenomenon of immigration and its direct relationship with the environment. The work formulates many questions on the reasons pushing individuals to leave their countries in search of what they imagine as a "better life". The artist's research demanded direct contact with those who look for an improvement, a salvation and find themselves in an odyssey, trying to redefine themselves - a process which is always present in the artist's work.

聲gel Marcos, Cuba #3, 2006
c-print on dia-sec, antireflex
ed. 5 124 x 165 cm

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