The area director of CaixaBank, Isabel Casal; the representative of the Foundation CajaCanarias, Francisco Oliver González; the Head of the Culture Service of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria City Council, Juan Espino; and the photographer and curator of the exhibition, Cristina García Rodero, inaugurated the exhibition today Dreamland, a photographic exhibition that reflects the daily life of the inhabitants of Anantapur, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, one of the poorest areas of India, where the most marginal and vulnerable communities of the country live.
Among its objectives, the “la Caixa” Foundation and the CajaCanarias Foundation work so that society can get closer to culture and knowledge. Dissemination is a basic instrument to promote people’s growth, and for this reason the entity works to bring knowledge to audiences of all ages and levels of training. Among these cultural activities, the ”la Caixa” Foundation and the CajaCanarias Foundation organize traveling exhibitions in those cities and municipalities that do not have a CaixaForum with the aim of contributing to public awareness through artistic, scientific and social content.
Also, with its program Street art, the ”la Caixa” Foundation and the CajaCanarias Foundation intend to turn public space into an open-air museum and bring the work of renowned artists closer to the international scene. The program Street art It began its journey in 2006, and since then it has brought to the public the creations of modern references such as Auguste Rodin or Henry Moore, as well as contemporary artists such as Manolo Valdés, Igor Mitoraj or, more recently, the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado.
Now, the entities present, in collaboration with the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the exhibition Dreamland. This exhibition is the result of the work carried out jointly by the “la Caixa” Foundation and the Vicente Ferrer Foundation in India to substantially improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable.
Cristina García Rodero was invited to document the living conditions of the Anantapur communities. For a month and a half, García Rodero visited hospitals, shelters for women victims of abuse, workshops, schools and houses, obtaining portraits that give a voice to those often forgotten: boys and girls, people with disabilities and, especially, women. Mothers, peasants, seamstresses, girlfriends of different confessions, teachers, nurses and students have a prominent role in this project, who represent one of the main engines of the transformation of the Anantapur communities.
The exhibition delves into the most sensitive and magical of the feminine world and the strength and ability to overcome the women of Anantapur. The photographer has approached them with reverential respect. Obstinate and excessive, Cristina García Rodero has known how to immerse herself in that world, melt into the joy and suffering of those who hide the chiaroscuro of their own existence with color and good looks.
The result of the project is 40 snapshots; a torrent of representative images of the rural communities of India that captivates by the compositional quality and the vividness of its images. From the hand of the photographer Cristina García Rodero we discover the gaze of its people and we enter a landscape that seems suspended in time.
Through his work, García Rodero proposes us a particular way of seeing India, a complex and fragmented world. Each photograph builds a coherent and above all transcendent visual code. The image that becomes art.
Cristina García Rodero, a revolution in the paradigm of looking
Cristina García Rodero is a tutelary figure of universal photography, both for her personality and for the national and international impact of her work. Born in Puertollano (Ciudad Real) in 1949, she graduated in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid. First Spanish to enter the prestigious photojournalistic agency Magnum, among her works highlights Hidden Spain, which is part of the “la Caixa” Collection of Contemporary Art.
He has received numerous awards, among them the 1993 World Press Photo, the 1996 National Photography Award, the 1997 FotoPres ”la Caixa”, PhotoEspaña 2000, the 2000 Godó Photojournalism Award, the 2005 Gold Merit in Fine Arts and Castilla- La Mancha 2016, the PhotoEspaña 2017 award and recently the RNE 2020 Special Critical Eye Award. She is the first Spanish photographer to have her own museum, in her hometown.