“Miguel Angel Sanchez”

Inception Gallery’s Programme for Art Paris Art Fair 2012

Paris, 20 March 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). As a participant in the 2012 Art Paris Art Fair, Inception Gallery will display four artists from 29 March to 1 April: Marc Fornes, Melvin Martínez, Miguel Ángel Sánchez, and Carlos Betancourt. French artist March Fornes works on incorporating architecture into his work. As a graduate of architecture and town planning from Design Research Lab of the Architectural Association of London, Fornes will display a 2.4 x 2.4 m2 structure made specifically for Art Paris Art Fair. Born in 1976, Melvin Martínez won the 2005 Castellon Painting Prize in Spain, which came with a €90,000 reward. His works are displayed in numerous collections in the United States, Europe and Latin America. At Art Paris Art Fair 2012, he will be showing a series of his recent paintings. Born in 1977, Miguel Ángel Sánchez is a graduate in sculpture and enjoys popularity with the Community of Madrid for his photographic documentary work. The Spanish photographer has brought together 110 portraits of people living in Cairo who have all, in one way or another, participated in the Arab Spring. A selection of these portraits will be displayed at the fair. Porto Rican Carlos Betancourt, the co-founder of Project 801, a studio art centre offering places of residence to artists based in Miami, is working with different mediums, but mostly with photos. His work has been incorporated in collections belonging to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., among others. The series of photographs and engravings which he is displaying at the Paris fair have never before been displayed in Europe. Inception Gallery, which opened in Octobre 2011, tends to support established and up-and-coming artists displayed everywhere but not much or at all in France. This is...

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“Alma del Mundo” at Inception: a guided visit with Eric Bonici

Paris, 1è February 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Inception Gallery, located on rue de Poitou in Paris’ historic Marais district, is to feature an exhibition of photographs by Spanish sculptor and photographer Miguel-Angel Sanchez titled “Alma de Mundo”. The exhibition is made up of the artist’s photographs of the inhabitants of Cairo, taken during what has become known as the “Arab Spring”. Eric Bonici, the president of Art Premium, a contemporary art revue based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, spoke to Art Media Agency about several works featured in the show, their context, their stories and the choice of Diasec for their public display. Merbat, flower of the desert “It is a portrait of a woman, a flower seller. She is a widow and lives, or rather survives, with her children. He face is scarred by pollution. She sells a moment of happiness. She is 47, but her appearance is that of a 70 year old. Her photo is to be on the front cover of a book to accompany the exhibition. After the exhibition of her photo in Cairo, she has gained a little recognition, and sells a few more flowers. The artist has stated that she will receive a small amount of the profits from the book.” The kharoub’s seller “A little like the flower seller, this water carrier , who carries around 40 to 50 kilos of his merchandise on him, suffers in order to bring freshness, a little light relief, to his clients. The metaphor of suffering in order to bring happiness to others is a recurring theme throughout the exhibition.” Kirolos Nagy “This 21 year old is a  Coptic Christian, and works for the Cairo Institute of Human Rights. The Egyptian revolution is not a revolution in the name of human rights, but simply...

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Miguel-Angel Sanchez : “I try to create big stories out of small characters”

Paris 15 February, Art Media Agency (AMA) Photographer Miguel-Angel Sanchez will be showing his work at the Inception Gallery in Paris until 25 February. The exhibition entitled “Alma del Mundo” has been very successful. The artist responded to a few of our questions. Art Media Agency: You have created 110 photographs, 23 of which are currently on display at the Inception Gallery. Do you consider the entirety of these creations as one single work of art? Miguel-Angel Sanchez: Yes, this is exactly why my wife and I came to Cairo. We read every one of Naguib Mahfouz’s Nobel Prize award winning books. These books created big stories out of small characters. I am trying humbly to do the same thing—to choose characters, not necessarily the noblest ones, but the most symbolic and interesting ones in order to tell a story about Cairo. It’s also why the exhibition is called, “Alma del Mundo”, Soul of the world, to highlight this element which unifies all the photographs. AMA: When were these photographs created? MA.S: I worked for two years; so I began well before the start of the revolution. It takes all photographers about two weeks to choose the lighting and the setting. I already knew most of the characters before I used them as models. I lived with them, I went to weddings, funerals, I drank tea with them. I didn’t want to just say, “Hey, come to my place, I’m going to take your picture.” AMA: Why did you choose this style of lighting for your photographs? What’s the significance of this play on light-and-dark? MA.S: I was inspired by 17th century Spanish and Italian paintings. It’s not just the lighting, rather the ability to make “secrets” of the photo come alive because of the lighting—like on a treasure...

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The rebels of Cairo by Miguel Angel Sanchez at Inception gallery

Paris, 8 February 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Inception gallery (37, rue de Poitou in Paris) is exhibiting the work of Spanish photographer Miguel Angel Sanchez in the “El Alma del Mundo” exhibition, which is currently taking place until 25 February 2012. In this exhibition, Miguel Angel Sanchez presents a series of Cairo rebels — as they were referred to in France’s Le Monde — during last 2011’s “Arab Spring”. Taking inspiration from Caravaggio and de Ribera, the photographer has been creating majestic, almost theatrical portraits in a style reminiscent of 17th century works, since the beginning of the uprising. These portraits do not depict the great figures of the revolution, but rather the ordinary people who have lived through it on a day-to-day basis. We see amongst them the image of a mother wearing a medallion, an effigy of the battered corpse of her son who was killed by police in June 2010, the blogger Zeinobia, a Cairo concierge, vegetable traders and Kirolos Nagy, a young political activist. A graduate of the Palma de Madrid School of Arts, Sanchez received his first prize in 2005. From 2006 to 2011, he created a series of photo reports from Egypt and Libya for the Spanish newspaper El País. Sanchez, 34, is now based in...

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