Monday, November 03, 2008


His photographs can be interpreted as poetry in varying degrees. They can be read as poetry, appreciated intellectually, or perceived aesthetically. Chema Madoz has devised his own language of expression; tackling his subject in one of three ways: as found, manipulated, or recreated in his studio.

Commissioned by Catherine Coleman and organized jointly by the Instituto Cervantes and the Ministry of Culture of Spain, the exhibition features more than 40 recent images by this distinguished Spanish photographer.

Chema Madoz (Madrid, 1958) is currently one of the most important exhibitors of Spanish photography. In this recent works, he highlights daily routines by way of metaphors and visual display; directing the viewer's attention to new perspectives of seeing what is hidden or what has occurred unnoticed.

Photo exhibit to run from
October 17 to November 29

Monday to Saturday
9 am to 8 pm

855 T.M. Kalaw Street
1000 Ermita, Manila
near U.N. LRT Station
Telephone: (632) 526-1482

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posted by Señor Enrique at 5:51 AM


Blogger JayAshKal said...

Love the first photo... reminds me of the Sculpture by the Sea I photograph just last weekend.

I am still thinking what the Chema is trying to tell us with these pair of shoes tied together?

Great post and looks like a great exhibition.

November 03, 2008 7:10 AM  

Blogger JayAshKal said...

"Poised between poetry, surrealism and a smile, Chema Madoz reveals a world in which the absurd observes us at every moment. His photos contain the world in a small envelope or a tiny wooden box. They have as their subject objects stripped of their primary function. Behind their usual appearance, their strangeness is revealed and makes us question what is normal.... More Chema Madoz was born January 20, 1958, in Madrid. His work, known throughout the world, was finally recognized in 1991 with the Kodak Prize for European Photography."

Chema Madoz by Christian Caujolle

Sample photos:

Looks like his photographs are installations and sculptures (unless they've been Photo Shopped) and then a picture was taken for posterity...

November 03, 2008 7:21 AM  

Blogger Dennis Villegas said...

Thank you for the info, Senor. Will try to check this out :)

November 03, 2008 7:40 AM  

Blogger mgaputonimimi said...

ganda ng mga gawa nya.. nakita ko po dito:

thanks for sharing this.. lalu akong na inspire...

November 03, 2008 8:17 AM  

Blogger Sidney said...

Will try to catch this exhibit. Thank you for the info.

November 03, 2008 11:10 AM  

Blogger Photo Cache said...

This looks like a very interesting exhibit.

November 03, 2008 11:32 AM  

Blogger Dennis Villegas said...

By the way, senor, how do I write the Spanish "n" in the keyboard? Gracias...

November 03, 2008 2:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hola Señor,

Wow...Our school is finally posted on your blog. :)

Please check out the DVD/VCD Titles and books available in the library. IC has a set of Filipiniana to boot.

Hasta luego,

El Cineasta

November 03, 2008 9:57 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Many thanks for sharing a critique of Chema Madoz's works, Mario!

The collection on exhibit is indeed provocative which I highly recommend for all to check out.

By the way, I love surrealism :)

November 04, 2008 8:46 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I've a feeling you will truly enjoy his photographs, Dennis!

November 04, 2008 8:46 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Kung may panahon ka, Mimi, pasyalan mo. Sigurado marami kang ideya na makukuha. Galing niya!

November 04, 2008 8:47 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

My pleasure, Sidney!

It's truly worth checking out.

November 04, 2008 8:48 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

It is, Photo Cache.

By the way, check out my new post ... as you had requested ... hehehe!

November 04, 2008 8:50 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I have an Apple laptop, Dennis. What I do is press "Option" or "Alt", and then the letter "N", and then "N" again :)

November 04, 2008 8:52 AM  

Blogger FilMasons NSW said...

Dennis, For those who are using a PC compatible pc or laptop try:

control + shift + tilde (right beside the numeric 1 / ! key on your upper left hand side of the keyboard).


November 04, 2008 9:09 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

It is a beautiful, modern building, El Cineasta. The facilities are very nice, too, which inspired me to someday brush-up my Spanish by taking intro classes again. Very nice setting, indeed.

Yes, I plan to check out your library's Filipiniana collection!

November 04, 2008 9:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hola Señor,

The design is modern. It was envisioned and conceptualized by Jaime Galván, our previous director who is now in Spain. He is also known for being an art-lover and loves visiting the Philippine countryside.

You may ask for the Chief Librarian, Manolo López, for books and you may ask for assistance regarding their Filipiniana collection.

I will post some news very soon regarding "La Navidad".

Hasta luego.

El Cineasta

November 05, 2008 2:38 PM  

Blogger INKBLOTS said...

I MUST visit this exhibit and learn from the master!

Thanks for sharing this one Eric!

November 05, 2008 11:44 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi El Cineasta!

Yes, I was told by the nice librarian that all I have to do is browse through their database, but their Filipiniana collection is not to be taken outside of the facility. But that's ok with me :)

A very nice and comfortable library, it also offers Wi-Fi!

I'll definitely make good use of its library!

Thank you!

November 06, 2008 8:50 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

A fine collection it is, Ding! I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

My pleasure!

November 06, 2008 8:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Hope to see you soon there! I'm happy that you would like to brush up with your Spanish again. :)


El Cineasta

November 07, 2008 1:57 AM  

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