a woman sitting with a dress in a theatre galley looking to the rest of theatre galleries

Bodegas Roda, in collaboration with Foto Colectania Foundation, holds the 14th edition of the cycle of the photographic exhibition "Maridajes", which is organized since 2007. In this new edition, a selection of works of photographers, of different periods and genders, has been made to show their vision of the female universe. In the photographic exhibition, it can be seen the works of Helena Almeida, Manel Armengol, Vari Camarés, Toni Catany, Joan Colom, Gabriel Cualladó, António Júlio Duarte, José Miguel de Miguel, Paco Gómez, Chema Madoz, Ramón Masats, Oriol Maspons, Xavier Miserachs, Nicolás Muller, Isabel Muñoz, Leopoldo Pomés, Humberto Rivas, Rafael Sanz Lobato, Ricard Terré and Javier Vallhonrat. The photographic exhibition "En Femenino" can be visited in the exhibition hall of Bodegas Roda from June to November 2014.

In this new cycle of exhibitions "Maridajes" in Bodegas Roda, which is in its 14th edition, pretends to collect different photographic genders that serve as a leitmotiv to show the diversity of looks that are established when the photographs of different authors of the collection Foto Colectania are pairing. On this occasion, the exhibition "En Femenino", shows us as several photographers have used in a recurrent manner, for pleasure of work, to show us the female universe in their photographs. There are spheres in which this gender has been especially prolific, as it would be the fashion photography. But on this occasion, the interest is to reflect the figure of the woman as central axis of the selection, with photographs taken in different times by different authors.

Throughout the exhibition, the photographs are shown as a puzzle of images that remember to the cabinets of curiosities of the 19th century, allowing the spectator to find their own connections. Likewise, the tour bring us stolen snapshots of women who wander in the museums (Gabriel Cualladó and Rafael Sanz Lobato), the brief expression of a woman going into a car (Xavier Miserachs), the wat in the intermission of a theatre or in the break of the job (Oriol Maspons and Paco Gómez), the furtive hugs (Ramón Masats and António Júlio DUarte) as well as the portraits that suggest poetic worlds (Helena Almeida), together with fascinating women posing conscious (Humberto Rivas and Nicolás Muller) or not paying attention (Javier Vallhonrat and Joan Colom). The result is a rich constellation of fascinating stories about women.

Authors of the exhibition

Helena Almeida (Lisbon, 1934)

Helena Almeida is one of the internationally best-known figures of Portugese art and forerunner in questioning of the frontier between the different art disciplines. In her work, the photography shares the prominence with design, the painting (with her famous blue ink brushstroke on the photographic image), the sculpture and even the performance. Almeida does not establish differences between bodies, work and artist. "My work is my body, may body is my work" she describes.

Manel Armengol (Badalona, 1949)

During the seventies, Armengol practices as an independent journalist before works as a graphic journalism. In 1976 his photographs of the protests for freedom in Spain are published in several international media and become an iconographic reference of the Spanish transition to democracy. During the same decade, he carries out extensive works travelling through United States and China.

Vari Caramés (Ferrol, 1953)

Vari Caramés refers to what has been named “gestural photography” and his belief that the photography is not only testimony of the external reality but also of the own environment. The transit that he carried out in 1999 from the black and white to the colour had the skill of maintain his own language and the essence of his photographic universe.

Toni Catany (Llucmajor, Majorca, 1942 – Barcelona, 2013)

Toni Catany started very early to experiment with unconventional photographic techniques, such as calotype (negative on paper and positive copies for contact) with which he is internationally recognised. Until the end of his life, he combined his experimentations with more conventional techniques to photograph (first in black and white and later in colour) with the most recurrent themes in his career: landscapes, still-lifes and nudes.

Gabriel Cualladó (Massanassa, 1925 – Madrid, 2003)

Gabriel Cualladó moved to Madrid in 1941, where a decade after he made his first photographs. His work represents in Spain the spirit of an essential change from a costumbrist photography to a humanist photography. Cualladó shows as the simple photography, direct, without tricks, can define a great aesthetic discourse about simple faces that make up a society. National Photography Prize in 1994, he shared his vocation of amateur photographer with the collector, of which he was a pioneer in our country.

Joan Colom (Barcelona, 1921)

Joan Colom came into contact with the photography at his 36 years, to join to the “Agrupació Fotogràfica” of Catalunya. In 2002, Joan Colom was awarded with the National Prize of Photography by the Ministry of Culture. Colom goes through the streets of Raval in Barcelona in a persistent manner. With his capacity to go unnoticed and with an amazing sense of rhythm and movement, he captures the most unusual and daily scenes of the district, but without interfering with the reality. In 2013, the MNAC carried out a retrospective exhibition about the photographer.

José Miguel de Miguel (Cartagena, 1916 – Valencia, 1988)

He works in the notary of his father until 1958, when he moved to Valencia. There, he joined in the “Foto Club” of the city, and in 1962 created the group “El Forat”. His uninhibited sense of humour allowed him to play without shame with the staging of his compositions, a characteristic that emphasized with hid simple titles.

António Júlio Duarte (Lisbon, 1965)

He studied photography in “ArCo”, an essential school to understand the importance of the generation of Portuguese photographers in the nineties. He shared with this group a solid formation-finished in the Royal College of Art of London-, as well as a curiosity for the international artistic movement and the vocation for developing a creative career in photography. In 1990 he won the prestigious prize “Kodak Portugal”. His uninhibited sense of humour allowed him to play without shame with the staging of his compositions.

Paco Gómez (Pamplona, 1918 – Madrid, 1998)

His interest in photography was stimulated in his youth and his later development is totally self-taught. In 1957 he associated with the group AFAL from Almería and founded ‘La Palangana’. Between 1961 and 1979 collaborated in the ‘Arquitectura’ magazine, published by the College of Architects of Madrid, which he combined with his most personal and artistic work. His work, of a great coherence as thematic as formal, exploits the poetic of the walls, trails and bare spaces.

Chema Madoz (Madrid, 1958)

The work of Chema Madoz, considered as one of the most renowned contemporary Spanish photographers, consists in a group of images in black and white of objects that combine the daily with an imaginary perception of reality. Photographs which generate imagination games, paradoxes and metaphors that allow the artist to create his own world, always imbued with a fine irony. In 1999 Chema Madoz was awarded with the National Prize of Photography by the Ministry of Culture.

Ramón Masats (Caldes de Montbui, Barcelona, 1931)

Ramón Masats began working as a report photographer in different newspapers. In 1957 he settled in Madrid, where he went all over the Peninsula working as a reporter of ‘Gaceta Ilustrada’. The same year, he joined in the AFAL group and with the photographers Gabriel Cualladó, Francisco Ontañón and Paco Gómez founded the group ‘La Palangana’. Since 1965, Masats combines his photographic practice with the cinema and documentary filmmaking.

Oriol Maspons (Barcelona, 1928 – 2013)

He began his career as a photographer in 1957. He travelled to Paris and was in touch with great photographers to come back to Barcelona with new ideas, different from the academicism. Together with Colita and Xavier Miserachs, was one of the photographers of the called ‘gauche divine’, avant-garde group from Barcelona of the sixties, and the ‘Boccaccio’, fashion club of the time. He has also worked as fashion and advertisement photographer and has travelled around the Peninsula and abroad making photographic reports.

Xavier Miserachs (Barcelona, 1937 – 1998)

Xavier Miserachs abandoned the medical studies to be entirely and permanently dedicated to the photography. A tireless traveler, he collaborated in many magazines and newspapers: ‘Gaceta Ilustrada’, ‘Interviú’, ‘La Vanguardia’ or ‘Bazaar’. Miserachs figures among the group of photographers who reflected the oppressive atmosphere in Spain between post-war period and the economic boom in the sixties, incorporating the renewal of the new international documentalism trend.

Nicolás Muller (Orosháza, Hungary, 1913 – Asturias, 2000)

He spent his youth in Orosháza studying law and political science. In 1938 he moved to Paris due to the Nazi occupation of his country. There he collaborated with magazines such as ‘Regards’, ‘France Magazine’ and ‘Math’ and established contact with Picasso, Brassaï and Capa, among others. In 1947, he settled in Madrid, where he also set up his photographic studio. In this studio he carried out great part of his portraits of several famous celebrities of the period.

Isabel Muñoz (Barcelona, 1951)

She studied in Madrid and New York. She began with fashion commissions and from the 90s, she dedicated to travel around the world to share her emotions, collaborating with dance and circus companies or photographing tribes from Africa and Asia. The photographs of Isabel Muñoz celebrate the body. She was worried about the forms, the light; Isabel Muñoz shows us the detail in the forefront. Muñoz discovers the sensuality and wants that we approach to examine the daily again, inviting us to perceive a perfect manner what it goes unnoticed.

Leopoldo Pomés (Barcelona, 1931)

Leopoldo Pomés bought his first camera in 1946. In the 1950s, he established contact with the avant-garde group ‘Dau al Set’, made up, among others by the poet Joan Brossa and the painters Tàpies, Ponç and Cuixart. Together with the photography, Leopoldo Pomés, has made his professional career in the advertising world and institutional communication, where he has created advertising campaigns which have converted him into one of the most respected names of the sector. In 2006 he abandoned the advertising world to be entirely and permanently dedicated to his photographic work.

Humberto Rivas (Buenos Aires, 1937 – Barcelona, 2009)

In parallel with his work as painter, in 1955 Rivas began his work as photographer. In 1976 he moved to Barcelona, where since then complements his artistic activity with teacher of photography in different schools. The photographic work of Rivas has become established as a paradigm of the sobriety and simplicity, as are shown in his series of portraits and landscapes. In 1996, Humberto Rivas was awarded with the National Prize of Photography.

Ricard Terré (Sant Boi de Llobregat, 1928 – Vigo, 2009)

Ricard Terré started in the art world as a painter and caricaturist and he did not begin to practice the photography until 1955. He is considered as one of the most renowned photographers of his generation and his international presence was also increased by the hand of the agency ‘Vu’ from Paris. In 2008 he was awarded with the Bartolomé Ros Prize for the best photographic career, awarded by the photography festival PhotoEspaña.

Rafael Sanz Lobato (Seville, 1932)

In 1966 Sanz Lobato founded, together with other photographers, such as Corcho, Sigfrido de Guzmán, Canedo or de Blas the group ‘La Colmena’ and in 1972 participated in the creation of the ‘Group-5’. He was pioneer of the humanist report of anthropological root, Sanz Lobato is one of the most important and forgotten members of the so-called School of Madrid. From the beginning, Sanz Lobato developed a photography focus on costumbrist scenes of the countryside, the cities of provinces, the festive traditions and the portrait.

Javier Vallhonrat (Madrid, 1953)

Javier Vallhonrat is, as well as photographer, a multidisciplinary artist. When he was 18 years old began to work as assistant of the Italian photographer Gerardo Moschioni. He specialized later in fashion and dedicated to this field since the late 70s, when it was still incipient in Spain. He rose to the international scene in 1981, publishing his work in magazines, such as ‘Vogue’, ‘Lui’ or ‘Vanity’.


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