Tierra de Campos by Gabriel Villamil, 2014.
Dates: November 7, 2014 to January 30, 2015
Opening: Friday, November 7th. From 6 to 8 pm
Where: The Gabarron Foundation Center for the Arts
149 East 38th Street. New York, NY 10016
The Gabarron Foundation is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition entitled Landscapes of the Soul, which will bring together 42 works by 22 photographers from Castile and Leon. Curated by Gabriel Villamil and Carlos Aganzo, these 42 Visions of Castile and Leon inspired six poets from the historical Spanish region to create a poem for each of the seven different images. This exhibition contributes to exploring the roles that art and culture play in shaping the physical, social, and economic futures of our communities; from the rural to the urban landscapes of nine provinces (Avila, Burgos, León, Palencia, Salamanca, Segovia, Soria, Valladolid, and Zamora) that all together constitute the biggest region of the European Union and treasures over 50% of the artistic patrimony in all of Spain.
Artists: David Arranz, Claudio de la Cal, Enrique Carrascal, Justino Diez, Santiago Farizano, Jesús Formigo, Peio García, Ramón Gómez, Luis López Araico, César Manso, Andrés Martínez Casares, Marian Montesinos, Ricardo Muñoz, Víctor Otero, Antonio Quintero, Raúl Sanchidrián, Henar Sastre, Antonio de Torre, Concha Ortega, Fidel Raso, Alberto Rodrigo - Miguel A. Valdivieso, Gabriel Villamil.
Poets: Carlos Aganzo, Antonio Colinas, Asunción Escribano, Fermín Herrero, José María Muñoz Quirós, Gonzalo Santoja.
"Landscapes of the Soul collects the work of 22 photographers who have captured the passion for their land in their images. A particular vision that has been transformed into 42 snapshots that collect a vision of a territory full of stories and legends, of culture and tradition. Starting from absolute creative freedom, each of the artists creates a setting of reflection that is able to add reality to what is real, incorporating new aspects to what is known with the purpose of enduring the memory of what lives within this exhibition in the memory of the visitor." Gabriel Villamil, exhibition curator for photography.
"It is hard to know if the texts substantiate the photographs or if the photographs, in the subconscious of so many shared visions, are the ones that enlighten the writing of authors that come together in this exhibition. Words and images, in any case, give testimony to an unusual miracle: the ability, through the art, of making tangible the intangible, to capture the soul of things. The soul, on this occasion, of a mythical and legendary territory as is Castile and Leon. Silence, solitude and memory, but also the brightness of the history and heritage, form a set that is unmatched worldwide. Landscapes of the soul that surrender to the instantaneous objective of the photographers and the subjective hearts of the poets. Artists, that live and feel every day the heartbeat of that faraway land but nearby, are so significant for the history of Spain and the world. And sometimes so alone. A little trip through time where every image, every poem is almost a world in itself". Carlos Aganzo, exhibition curator for poetry.
The Gabarron Foundation is a non-profit organization [501 (c) (3)] and international center for the arts that integrates a number of cultural activities, principles and values inspired on the work and figure of Spanish artist Cristobal Gabarron. Its main goal is to create awareness through the arts with exhibitions and educational programs. Focusing on children, youth, and emerging artists, the Foundation promotes the cultural and human relations between the Americas and Spain. Its headquarters in Manhattan serves as a meeting point for people, organizations and governments to promote the exchange of world cultures and its influence in reshaping our communities.