Emotions in black and white
Cristina Garcia Rodero with first solo exhibition in Sofia
17 June, 2017
Ariadne’s Dream (El Sueno de Ariadna), Madrid, 1992.
The power of the Sea (La fuerza del mar), Sao Bartolomeu Do Mar, Portugal 1997.
The Open-Mouthed photo exhibition by one of the world’s most renowned Spanish female photographers, Cristina Garcia Rodero was opened at the National Art Gallery in Sofia on 15 June as part of the Fotofabrika Festival, the organisers announced. Open-Mouthed is a black-and-white retrospective journey, providing a different perspective on one of the most expressive parts of the human body, the mouth, as a conduit of the whole gamut of emotions – from anger and joy to fright and happiness. This is the first solo exhibition in Bulgaria and third visit to the country for Cristina Garcia Rodero, who personally presented her work at the exhibition opening. Previously, in 2015 she worked on a project dedicated to mummers in Pernik.
Cristina Garcia Rodero is one of the most respected documentary photographers in Spain and the first Spanish woman to become a full member of the Magnum Photos cooperative. Over the years, Garcia Rodero has gone through different creative stages, largely remaining focused on her search of idiosyncratic rituals, cultural traditions and communities throughout the world. Her pictures are powerful, provocative, stirring one’s curiosity and emotions. The themes she explores always stray from the familiar.
Having actually trained as an artist, Cristina is a self-taught photographer. She started out at the age of 23, taking photos of various religious and pagan customs in Spain, later compiled in the 1989 album Hidden Spain (Espana Oculta), which won the Book of the Year Award at the prestigious Arles Festival of Photography. Then followed years spent travelling, during which the Spanish photographer used her camera to study different cultures juxtaposing them with the hectic modern world.
She has documented the first Cuban town, Baracoa, established some 500 years ago, captured moments of Haiti’s traditional way of life and voodoo rituals, shot in Russia, Georgia and South Ossetia during the conflicts of 2008, has taken nude portraits of adult film actresses in Barcelona and portrayed religious rites in India.