6 March 2020

JUSTMAD is an emerging art fair happening during Madrid Art Week and an interesting addition to the much larger ARCO Contemporary Art Fair. With around 50 galleries mostly from Spain and Portugal, JUSTMAD, currently in its 11th edition, takes place in a city palace double-height space and galleria, which provide easy-to-view content and a cozy experience.

I have loved the photographs of Filipe Branquinho brought by the Maputo-based Kulungwana Gallery. His Gurué series (above and below) shows the beautiful misty landscapes of the Gurué tea district described by the gallerist as a "unique phenomenon". Filipe, who lives and works in Maputo, was selected to exhibit at last year's Venice Biennale.   

Equally interesting was Eva Díez photography for which she has been awarded a special mention by the organisers.

Eva Díez, Lugar de ausenciaGalería Marisa Marimón Orense

Left Teresa Carneiro, Holding Dreams, 2019, Nuno Sacramento Gallery Ilhavo | Emiliano Suarez, Havana View Project, 2019

Lovely work by Lisbon-based Teresa Palma Rodrigues featured at the previously-mentioned Kulungwana Gallery: a beautiful flower series and a hand-painted table cloth with tile patterns and food marks of what could have been a last supper. 

The mix of photography and embroidery by Peruvian textile artist Ana Teresa Barboza returns to the Madrid Art Week after last year's success. Great to hear that her new work keeps the momentum and sells apparently quite well.

Left Ana Teresa Barboza, Paraiso, 2019, Galería La Gran Madrid | Teresa Palma Rodrigues, Herbario da Zona V, 2012-17 & Last Supper detail, 2019, both at Kulungwana Gallery Maputo

Filipe Branquinho, Red House (Gurué series), 2014, Kulungwana Gallery Maputo

Filipe Branquinho, Gurué series, Kulungwana Gallery Maputo

JUSTMAD | Palacio Neptuno, Cervantes 42, Madrid | 27 February - 1 March 2020 

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