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May 2022

“VEST Y MENTÉ” DANIEL GARBADE EXHIBITION IN CUBA

May 6 @ 2:30 pm - July 3 @ 8:00 pm
GALERIA DE ARTE PEDRO ESQUERRÉ, Plaza de la Vigía
Matanzas, Cuba
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http://www.vestymente.art/

Daniel Garbade traveled to Cuba in 2014 and since then has not stopped researching his Cuban roots. In this exhibition the artist shows us the fruits of this search, and the parallels and connections between the Cuba of his ancestors and today.

His grandfather Teodoro Garbade emigrated to Cuba at the end of the 19th century to work in the tobacco industry; he married Aida Heydrich Cubero, granddaughter of the illustrious Fernando Heydrich Klein, the engineer who designed and built the famous Matanzas Aqueduct. Fernando Heydirch besides being an engineer was an artist and sculptor, sculpting among others the bust of Bismark. Daniel Garbade, great-great-grandson and also an artist, follows in his wake, creating in 2016 the plaque on Bakunin's tomb commissioned by the Dadaists of the Cabaret Voltaire.

Garbade offers us in this exhibition, a collection of works that speak of his Cuban origins. They are portraits of his ancestors, self-portraits and some landscapes, composed of hundreds of photographs digitally worked to achieve the desired artistic effect. To narrate his story, Garbade uses fabrics, clothing and T-shirts as support for his works.

The title Vest + Menté alludes to clothing and the verb mentar: which means to make an explicit reference to a person or thing. Clothes have become a very important sign of identity, like selfies on cell phones. Clothes tell us about fashions and the ephemeral nature of the things that pass through our lives; but fashions also come back with different looks, as is the case of Garbade's look at his family's past in Cuba. If we approach the works in detail, we discover fine drawings on works by Goya among others; thus Garbade reinterprets his past, his DNA, reinterpreting part of the history of art.

The exhibition is completed with the series "volver a rodar"; formed by intervened photographs of objects that belonged to his ancestors.

During the confinement, Garbade dived into his physical and emotional attic, finding forgotten objects of his ancestors that spoke of movement. Old bicycles, old and rusty scooters that during the pandemic regain a new meaning of freedom, movement, escape and identity. They symbolize the return to the origin, now reinvented and reopened, celebrating life and memory again.

In this way he achieves a surprising and surreal aesthetic, at once familiar and new, giving new life to these old objects as if it were a film; a film that resumes its shooting. Thus Garbade encourages us to resume our lives, loaded with the past, the good and the bad; symbolizing the connection between the two eras, also between two moments, pre and post pandemic.

This series "back to shooting" has recently been selected and exhibited at the photography festival PHotoESPAÑA 21 in Madrid and at the Larnaca Biennale in Cyprus representing his country, Switzerland.

At the same time, a small exhibition of the artist's works will be shown at the Ludwig Foundation in La Habana, with a colloquium conference by Garbade with Cuban artists in which the works exhibited in Matanzas will be digitally projected.

The exhibition is co-organized by Vesaniart Art Gallery, Galeria Pedro Esquerré of Matanzas, Ludwig Foundation Cuba and the Swiss Embassy in Cuba.

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June 2022

“LA AMANTE MECÁNICA” MAR ARAGÓN EXHIBITION IN TOLEDO (SPAIN)

June 10 @ 12:30 pm - July 3 @ 7:00 pm
Cuevas de Hércules, Callejón San Ginés, 3
Toledo, Toledo 45001 España
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When Mar entered the Caves of Hercules, despite her greetings and smile, she saw almost no one. She immediately caught a glimpse of a beautiful if somewhat robotic figure, seducing one of the guests in a corner. She seemed familiar to him but he did not recognize her immediately; only when she moved away from the guest contorting her figure did he recognize her; it was Maria, the robot protagonist of the movie Metropolis (Fritz…

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July 2022

HAMPTONS FINE ART FAIR NEW YOR, USA – KELLY FISCHER SOLO EXHIBITION

July 14 - July 17
SOUTHAMPTON FINE ART FAIR, Southampton Fairgrounds 605 County Rd 39
Southampton, New York 11968 Estados Unidos

Hamptons Fine Art Fair (HFAF) was the first contemporary art fair in the region, contributing since its inception to the promotion of art collecting among area residents. Today's Hamptons Contemporary Art Fair, the brainchild of ArtHamptons founder Rick Friedman and his team, is a highly regarded and trend-setting contemporary art fair in the North American art scene. A prime location in the Hamptons: the HFAF is held in a spectacular 40,000 square foot pavilion (The…

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September 2022

“SELFIES OF THE PAST” EXHIBITION BY DANIEL GARBADE AT THE SAN FELIPE NERI ORATORY IN TOLEDO

September 17 @ 12:00 pm - December 31 @ 6:00 pm
Oratorio de San Felipe Neri de Toledo, Pl. Amador de los Ríos
Toledo, Toledo 45001

La exposición “Selfis del pasado” de Daniel Garbade, cierra el ciclo expositivo inaugural del Oratorio de San Felipe Neri, del 17 de septiembre al 31 de diciembre de 2022.

El oratorio de San Felipe Neri es un marco excepcional para emocionarnos; un lienzo en blanco arquitectónico, ahora desacralizado, donde Garbade reflexiona sobre el tiempo y su captura, sobre el arte como presencia imperecedera y esencia de su tiempo.

“La Trinidad” del Greco creada para el monasterio de Santo Domingo de Silos de Toledo y actualmente en el Museo del Prado, con influencias de Miguel Ángel, Tintoreto y Durero, y que sirvió de inspiración para “El Guernica” de Picasso; es ahora también fuente de inspiración para Garbade en la muestra.

Garbade fragmenta “La Trinidad” en 15 lienzos en movimiento. Son collages de dibujos que actualizan la obra original, como su famoso cielo toledano recreado ahora por cientos de aviones en movimiento. Las piezas vivas del collage, se desprenden, caen al suelo, escapan del lienzo y participan de su tiempo. Así la obra original se fragmenta para cobrar un sentido nuevo, como la vida fragmentada del espectador narrada para reconstruirla, para captar su esencia.

La muestra se completa con collages fotográficos de objetos antiguos, como mantillas o sables, con los que el artista nos reta a cuestionar que no es el objeto sino su mirada, lo que lo hace actual o pasado.

Garbade nos brinda la oportunidad de explorar la relación actual del espectador con la obra de arte, exigiendo mayor protagonismo, formar parte de la obra, capturarla incluyéndose en ella. Los selfis son pues ahora la herramienta de contemplación del arte, la nueva forma de aproximarse a el. Los selfis son el nuevo souvenir de la experiencia artística, y tunearlo con filtros nos transforma en artista. Los selfis como collage de vida, de emociones, de tiempo secuestrado y diluido, donde nos apropiamos de todo lo deseado, y también del arte.

Así, durante la muestra Garbade invita al espectador a hacerse un selfi ante su obra y enviárselo, para ir creando entre todos una nueva obra en tiempo real, en constante creación y cambio, que será proyectada en el oratorio; siendo el espectador ahora, también creador y protagonista de la obra expuesta

Porque el arte se reinterpreta así mismo una y otra vez, con distintas miradas propias de su tiempo, en torno a temas esenciales al que ningún creador es ajeno: el tiempo y la esencia de nuestra presencia en él.

El oratorio es ESENCIA Y Garbade PRESENCIA, y juntos nos transportan y trascienden de lo sagrado a lo profano, de la mano del arte como alimento espiritual necesario que trasciende su tiempo.

Comisaria, Nuria Delgado
Directora Vesaniart Art Gallery

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