Ángel Marcos has added Barcelona to his ongoing photographic project Alrededor del sueño, which he started in New York in 2001, continuing in Havana (2004), Shanghai (2007), and Madrid (2014). Barcelona caught the artists’ interest owing to its cultural diversity and ongoing physical transformation; a city where an intense debate encompassing issues on identity, collective aspiration, cultural and political changes is taking place.
Alrededor del sueño (5) Barcelona, is organised, produced and presented by Galeria Trama, and it will be exhibiting both at Trama and Sala Parés for the first week only, starting on 1 October 2015, and lasting until 10 November at Trama. This is Ángel Marcos’ second show at Galeria Trama.
Since 2001 Ángel Marcos has been working on this project, capturing the changes that are taking place in the different metropolitan cities. In the Manhattan pictures he represented the American Dream through the success and glory of publicity and consumerism, which are obliterating the city and its inhabitants. In contrast, the Havana images had their focus on the decaying colonial architecture, battered by the passage of time.
Marcos pays attention to everyday life to bring his own conclusions about each metropolis and its people. His work questions why we are still calling these places a city, the phenomenon that is essentially, global urbanism. The results are conceptually, historically and visually loaded photographs.
For two months Ángel Marcos was walking the streets of Barcelona. He experienced the city’s continuous change in order to grasp its identity and history, its persistence in embracing diversity as well as absorbing the impact of globalisation. The outcome is a series of thought-provoking photographs, often marked by solitude, desolation and beauty. They are subtle images inviting the spectator to reflect on the type of city we live in.
The web www.angelmarcosbarcelona.com was made for this occasion and summarises Ángel Marcos’ creative process while he was in Barcelona.
Ángel Marcos was born in 1955, in Medina del Campo, province of Valladolid, Spain. He is reputed to be among the most important Spanish artists working with photography, video and art installations. His work has been displayed in prestigious European and American galleries. He has taken part in prominent international contemporary art fairs and exhibited individually at museums and art foundations. His work is found in private and institutional art collections, such as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid.