Curators: Juan García Sandoval, Olga Concepción Rodríguez Pomares
Galleries 1 y 2 – Gabarron Museum.
Fundación Casa Pintada. C/ San Francisco, 14 - 30170 - Mula (Murcia), Spain .
Mula, Murcia, January 10, 2023. The exhibition, which will be on view until March 12, consists of thirty compositions, divided into three acts: Symbol and Death, Looking at Spain in Exile and The Voice of Federico, arranged by a dozen pieces each, in the form of photographic diptychs, in which on the left is the work of Sánchez Montalbán, and on the right, that of Segarra Lagunes. In this way, they show their creations in dialogue, visualizing the connection between Granada and different cities in Mexico, like real dreams that have been captured in the present, in time, evoked by Rejano's thoughts, they are stories that have passed, that were left behind, but that are still latent and alive.
The exhibition is designed through two languages, the word and the image, where visual poetry is shared, with the intention of transmitting a different way of looking. It creates worlds linked to Rejano's words, represented in possible places that he could have traveled in Mexico, and it gathers the "voice" of García Lorca in Granada. Elements and visual poetic metaphors that transform the spaces, by means of symbolic unions through the imaginary, giving rise to lived, dreamed and recovered landscapes.
In the words of Ángeles Mora (writer and National Poetry Prize, 2016), collaborator in the exhibition catalog "... contemplating these images and the phrases that accompany them is difficult to transmit, because emotions cannot be told. That yes, here a miracle takes place: two poets, two voices that run unstoppable as the water of the rivers, as the sea that waits...".
The Genil river at sea, passionate, is a tribute to Rejano and to all those Spaniards who had to leave their homeland as a result of exile. The exhibition builds a dialogue between the two shores and the ocean, as an expansion of the literary field. It is a photographic project that arises as a creative engine of the book by poet and writer Juan Rejano (Puente Genil, Cordoba, 1903; Mexico City, 1976), "The poet and his people. An Andalusian symbol: Federico García Lorca" (Ediciones del Centro Andaluz. Mexico, 1944), with the cover illustrated by a vignette by Ramón Gaya Pomes (Murcia, 1910; Valencia, 2005). In this work, Rejano sees García Lorca, the poet and the people in a single voice. The people here are both Spanish and Andalusian. Following this text dedicated to García Lorca (Fuente Vaqueros, Granada, 1898; road from Víznar to Alfacar, Granada, 1936), creators Francisco José Sánchez Montalbán (Cartagena, 1964) and Silvia Segarra Lagunes (Mexico City, 1962), generate a set of metaphors and visual poems where images give life to Rejano's ideas and the voice of García Lorca above all, but also to Antonio Machado and Miguel Hernández.
Photograph 1. From the section: " Symbol and death", accompanying the photograph is the text by Juan Rejano: "When a poet dies, his voice does not go to the lap of the earth; it remains on it trembling with emotion, like eternal life". Photographs: Francisco José Sánchez Montalbán (left) and Silvia Segarra Lagunes (right).
Fotograph 2. From the secction: " Looking at Spain in exile", accompanying the photograph is the text by Juan Rejano: "The shadow calls for the light". Photographs: Francisco José Sánchez Montalbán (left) and Silvia Segarra Lagunes (right)..
Fotograph 3. FRom the section: "The voice of Federico", the photograph is accompanied by the text by Federico García Lorca: "I want to see here the men with the hard voice, those who tame horses and dominate the rivers: the men whose skeleton sounds and sing with a mouth full of sun and flints". Photographs: Francisco José Sánchez Montalbán (left) and Silvia Segarra Lagunes (right).
Press release : 14.01.2023
The nostalgia of Juan Rejano represented in "The Genil river at sea, passionate"; the dialogue between the two shores and the ocean of the artists Francisco José Sánchez Montalbán; and Silvia Segarra Lagunes is the result of the symbiosis between image and word.
The visual poetics inspired by the pen of the poet and writer from Puente Genil, Juan Rejano, and the city of Mexico where he lived until his death, after a long exile, are the common thread for the creators Francisco José Sánchez Montalbán and Silvia Segarra Lagunes.
The verses of "The poet and his people. An Andalusian symbol: Federico García Lorca" are the evocation that the artists make with their photographs with a particular look being able to observe in perfect harmony, each of the images that make up this dialogue.
The exhibition, which can be seen until March 12, is composed of thirty compositions, divided into three acts: El símbolo y la muerte, Mirar a España en el exilio and La voz de Federico, arranged in the form of photographic diptychs, with Sanchez Montalban's work on the left and Segarra Lagunes' on the right.
In the words of the visual artist Francisco José Sánchez Montalbán "the exhibition does not consist of annotated photos, but of a visual story that converges in a natural way, based on some texts by Juan Rejano, inspired by the symbology of Federico García Lorca.
A trip to the Mexico that was his home and that with longing is reflected in his book".
In addition, the artist Silvia Segarra Lagunes contributes family anecdotes due to her father's relationship with the writer Juan Rejano, which in some way makes the works even closer to her. Having been able to live in first person the link with the poet gives her an added value when selecting the images of her native Mexico.
The curator Juan García Sandoval, highlights the inspiring prose of the writer who lived in exile and belonged to the generation of '27. "The words that are linked in this exhibition are memory, identity and exile while merging in three aspects, photography, verses and thought of Federico García Lorca" - he says.
As well as the curator Olga Concepción Rodríguez Pomares, professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Granada, who highlights the collaboration between the Cristobal Gabarron Museum and the University of Granada.
The event was attended by artists from the Region, such as Antonio Garcia Ribelles, Concha Martinez Montalvo, Luis Izquierdo, Juan Jesus Yelo, Antonio Tapia, Andres G. Mellado. Cristina Gutierrez, Bartolomé Palazón Cascales, among others mentioned the subtlety with which the photographers have been able to interpret places as distant as Mexico and Granada.