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Curated by Olga Rodríguez Pomares and Juan García Sandoval.
The Cristobal Gabarron Museum of Mula presents on Saturday June 19 at 19:30 pm, the exhibition " Sons of the Volcano" by the Valencian artist based in Cartagena Antonio Gomez Ribelles, which can be seen in Galleries 1 and 2 of the museum until September 26, 2021.
Sons of the Volcano, evokes the popular tradition rooted in Mula and its region, the legend of the volcano, are stories passed down from generation to generation, surrounding the Islamic castle of Alcalá, located next to the Puebla de Mula.
The exhibition, curated by Olga Rodríguez Pomares and Juan García Sandoval, highlights the relationship between the everyday landscape, memory and the body. The project consists of more than forty works including portraits, landscapes and multiple compositions, along with two monastic videos, compositions made between 2019 and 2021.
The works are made with drawing, paintings and inks of various types, on artistic papers. They are based on photographs printed on them, which intervene in the process of reconstruction of memories and oblivion, all as a support of the artistic work, it is a process of construction of history. The use of photography is the basic element that allows internalization as a personal memory and where he generates a dialogue with the images, forging stories, identity and memory through contemporary compositions.
The initial germ of the material exhibition is a set of ferrotypes from the late nineteenth century that come from Mula, in them, portraits of people related by a family or friendship bond are collected. In Sons of the Volcano, the artist gives them shelter and reclaims their memory, giving them a new narrative value.
In Sons of the Volcano, we find the affective and narrative load that arise from the need to "make" memory, where Gómez Ribelles interacts with life itself, where he recovers and re-interprets the photographic archives and the immaterial of the landscape, it is a contemporary manifestation, where he connects with the individual and collective memory, and the historical memory, seeking to introduce meanings.
Antonio Gómez Ribelles
Born in Valencia in 1962, he spent his childhood in Jaca. He studied Fine Arts at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. He has been a teacher of secondary education since 1986, and as a visual artist he began to exhibit individually in 1987. After living in Huesca and Asturias, he settled in Cartagena in 1995, where he has developed most of his artistic and literary activities. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions and art fairs, and participated in collective literary works, artists' presentations and texts and poems for catalogs. He has two books of poetry and photography published.
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