The death of the sculptor Martín Chirino symbolically closed a century that had ended two decades earlier, in the one that shone from canaries such as Pérez Galdós, César Manrique, Óscar Domínguez, Manolo Millares, Claudio and Josefina de la Torre, Alfredo Kraus, Blas Cabrera, Antonio González or the brothers Luis and José Luis Doreste.
With that baggage in perspective, Mapfre Guanarteme Foundation and Efe Agency have set their sights on 24 canaries that at the moment are triumphing in their disciplines between classic-cut careers within the styles and modes of use, and new ones focused on more urban forms of expression and, even, born and conceived for a digital ecosystem.
In Talents of a new century, not all the protagonists are young: some are 18 years old and others close to 50, but they all have in common that the bulk of their career is in the 21st century.
The spokesperson for the Mapfre Guanarteme Foundation, Laura Carvias, highlights that all of them “are young people who are building a new future for Canarian society within their discipline”, in areas ranging from literature to gastronomy, or from sports to science, through music and the plastic arts. They are, Carvias adds, “a representation of where we are heading as a society.”
In this exhibition, there is room for a film director with four Goya Awards that these days is premiering in the series, Mateo Gil; two audiovisual names that have grown up in the internet ecosystem, such as Brays Efe and David Sainz; or a cartoonist, National Prize winner, who dares to reinterpret works by Galdós in comic format, such as Rayco Pulido.
Also a repentista whose habitat is cockfighting, like Sara Socas; a star of urban murals, Matías Mata, better known as Sabotage to the Mount; a revolutionary designer that Spain talks about, Filip Custic; or a musician determined to open new paths, who reaps successes producing the work of others, such as Pablo Díaz-Reixa, El Guincho.
On the same wall, the soprano Yolanda Auyanet and the shameless hip-hop of Don Patricio share the limelight, flanked by a writer like Alexis Ravelo.
The exhibition does not forget a chronicler determined to humanize the image of Africa, the case of Pepe Naranjo; a virtuoso of dance and acrobatics, like Saulo Sarmiento; a figure of Japanese cuisine born in Tenerife who conquered the Michelin star at just 28 years old, like Daniel Franco; or a chef who carries the gofio by flag, like Safe Cruz.
In sports, the exhibition focuses on four of the disciplines that have given the Canaries the most success throughout history: swimming, with Michelle Alonso, Paralympic gold medalist and competitor without barriers; boxing, with Samuel Carmona; the candle, with Joel Rodríguez; and soccer, with Pedro González, Pedri.
Talent is also expressed in science, in the work of researchers such as Eugenio Fraile, essential in all the knowledge that the eruption of El Hierro has generated; Natacha Aguilar, who continues to extract secrets from lesser-known cetaceans; Rosa Fregel, who from Stanford and La Laguna is shedding light on the aboriginal genetic inheritance of today’s canaries; or María del Val Groba, one of the architects of the first heart transplant performed on the islands.
The exhibition is open to the public until February 24, and is completed with audiovisual content accessed through QR codes, or on the Mapfre YouTube channel.