The India as the photographer saw her through her lens Cristina García Rodero (Puertollano, Ciudad Real, 1949) can be seen from October 13 to November 4 at the Alderdi Eder in San Sebastian. The sample, which under the title of ‘Dreamland’ It brings together forty color and large-format photographs. It is organized by the Fundación la Caixa, in collaboration with the San Sebastián City Council.
This initiative is part of ‘Art in the street’ program from the Catalan entity, which has already brought to Donostia the sculptures of Henry Moore, the photographs of Sebastiao Salgado and the images that cover the history of Picasso’s ‘Guernica’. On this occasion, the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic have caused the traditionally summer sample to be delayed to autumn.
Alderdi Eder from San Sebastián
From October 13 to November 4
If there is a García Rodero in black and white, focused on the Spanish rural worlds of a few decades ago and another more colorful and close to her beginnings as a pictorial artist, ‘Tierra de Sueños’ is framed in this second aspect of the photographer’s career Castilian, the first Spanish to enter the legendary Magnum Agency. The photographs, which will arrive in Donostia this fall after having traveled several cities, they are the fruit of a month and a half stay in Anantapur, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, one of the poorest in the country, at the invitation of la Caixa and the Vicente Ferrer Foundation. There, García Rodero “visited hospitals, shelters for women victims of abuse, workshops, schools and houses, obtaining portraits that give voice to those often forgotten: boys and girls, people with disabilities and, especially, women. Mothers, peasant women, seamstresses, girlfriends of different denominations, teachers, nurses and students have a leading role in this project, which represent one of the main engines of transformation in the communities of Anantapur ».
With respect and empathy, the photographer approaches the female universe of this community through forty color images that mix joy and sadness, rituals and freedom, the daily drama and the exceptional of the celebration. As stated by the Fundación la Caixa. «The result of the project is a torrent of images representative of rural communities in India that captivates with the compositional quality and liveliness of its images. From the hand of the photographer Cristina García Rodero we discover the gaze of its people and we enter a landscape that seems suspended in time ». Through her camera, García Rodero deciphers a complex and fragmented reality in which Saud each photograph builds a coherent and above all transcendent visual code. The image that becomes art ».
Throughout his long historyCristina García Rodero has been awarded numerous prizes, including the World Press Photo 1993, the 1996 National Photography Prize, FotoPres la Caixa 1997, the Godó Prize for Photojournalism 2000, the gold medals for Merit in Fine Arts 2005 and de Castilla-La Mancha 2016 and the PhotoEspaña 2017 award.