There is plenty of nature photography at this year's edition of ARCO, Madrid's contemporary art fair. The kind of photography that awakens a sense of awe and peace.
There is Gianfranco Foschino's 15 minutes timelapse of a sea view (above); Pierre Gonnord's and Axel Hütte's shots of Spain's northern forests; Richard Long's documentation of his days-long journeys through nature.
|Pierre Gonnord, Urbasa I 2/5, Series:Indarra, photography | Galería Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid|
|Dierk Maass, Illumination (2016), LED lightbox | Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt|
|Richard Long, Footpath waterline - A thirteen day walk in the Sierra Tarahumara, Mexico (1987) | Lisson Gallery London|
|Axel Hütte, Irati (2014) | Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid|
|Jessica Rankin, Could I just have the Sober Hand (2016), detail | Galerie Carlier Gebauer, Berlin|
There are Regina José Galindo's images of her performance at the Botanical Garden in Palermo, powerful interactions of body, soul and nature.
|Regina José Galindo, Raices (2016) | Prometeo Gallery, Milan|
Petrified by Carlos Motta brings together beautiful landscape photographs of the US South West and archive images of local historical episodes. The allure and beauty with which the landscape is represented prevent from seeing the atrocities that took place within it. Motta seeks to highlight how regimes of representation (landscape photography, historical painting and portraiture) have served as accomplices to processes of historical erasure.
|Carlos Motta, Petrified (2016) | Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon|
|Adam Jeppesen, BO-Uyuni (2015) | Gallery Taik Persons, Berlin|
|Ahmet Ögüt, Pleasure Places of All Kinds, Yichang (2015) | Kow Galerie, Berlin|
There are very few socially engaged artworks at this year's edition of ARCO. The work of Richard Mosse, a popular artist at ARCO (see 2015, '14 and '13 posts), is one of these few. His interest to chart human displacement caused by war, persecution, climate change and poverty, brings him to document in Heat Maps refugee camps with an "extreme telephoto military-grade camera that can detect thermal radiation, including body heat, at great distance." The camera, primarily designed for surveillance in warfare, is used for capturing the intimate details of the camps that Moss then blend into a densely detailed panoramic image, similar to a Hieronymus Bosch painting. Mosse's new work meditates on the struggle of millions of refugees and migrants.
|Moria in Snow (2016) by Richard Mosse | Galería Leyendecker, Santa Cruz de Tenerife|
The guess country in the 2017 ARCO edition is Argentina. Argentina Plataforma/ARCO curated by Inés Katzenstein and supported by the Argentine Ministry of Culture and Buenos Aires' Contemporary Art Fair (arteBA) includes 12 galleries, 23 artists and an institutional stand.
|Mariela Scafati, Montaje disonante de cuadros que no se corresponden | Galería Isla Flotante, Buenos Aires|
|Tomás Saraceno, 3C 318/M (2016) | Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, NYC|
|Sol Pipkin, Sin nombre (2016) | Galería Slyzmud, Buenos Aires|
|Juan Tessi, Galería Nora Fish, Buenos Aires||
Other works: Light installations.
|Olafur Eliasson, Global Cooling Lamp (2006) | Galería Elvira González, Madrid|
|Iván Navarro, Bomb (2016) | Baró Galeria, Sao Paulo|
|José Carlos Martinat, Distractor 3 (2016) | Revolver Galería, Lima|
|Fabrizio Corneli, Laboratorio-Lancio (2016) | Studio Trisorio, Naples|
|Bernardí Roig, Cuidado con la cabeza (2017) | Galería Max Estrella, Madrid|
Other works: Thread on paper, acrylic on aluminium and oil on canvas.
|José María Sicilia, La locura del ver (2016), detail | Meessen De Clercq Gallery, Brussels|
|Thilo Heinzmann, O.T. (2016) | Galería Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid|
|Santi Moix, Sin título (2016) | Galería Carles Taché, Barcelona|
ARCO International Contemporary Art Fair | Madrid, 22-26 February 2017
ARCOMadrid 2012 and 2013 Prospect
José Carlos Martinat
José María Sicilia
Regina José Galindo
Photos by PS
Cover picture, video detail of Lux (2016) by Gianfranco Foschino for Galería Leyendecker, Santa Cruz de Tenerife