For the fifth consecutive year, Open Studio Madrid and the Banco Santander Foundation have invited entries for the “5th Banco Santander Foundation Award for Artistic Production”, aimed at offering a young Spanish artist without a working space in Madrid the possibility to produce artwork in a studio and promote that work.
The Foundation decided to create the Banco Santander Foundation Award for Artistic Production as an opportunity to give emerging young creators far removed from commercial circuits the opportunity to present their work before well-known commissioners, representatives of public and private institutions, gallery owners, collectors and the press.
The jury of this edition’s Award was made up of: María Beguiristain (Head of Art and Exhibitions at the Banco Santander Foundation), Tania Pardo (Director of Exhibitions at La Casa Encendida), Sergio Rubira (Deputy Director of Collection and Exhibitions at IVAM, the Valencian Institute of Modern Art), Alejandro Botubol (artist from MALA FAMA ESTUDIOS), Pablo Capitán del Río (winner of the 5thBanco Santander Foundation Award for Artistic Production) and María Eugenia Álvarez (Director of Open Studio).
After interviewing the ten finalists for the Award: Alejandro Pajares, Amaia Molinet, Daniel Blanquer, Geray Mena, Jesús Madriñán, Juan de Morenillas, Julia Calvo, Mikel Escobales, Natalia Escudero López and Nora Silva, and emphasising the quality of the proposals presented and the great talent of the ten selected artists, the jury decided to present the 5th Banco Santander Foundation-Open Studio Award for Artistic Production to the photographer Jesús Madriñán (Santiago de Compostela, 1984) for the forcefulness and quality of the project he will produce during his three-month stay at Mala Fama studios.
“The reality which surrounds me, understood in this case as the social and cultural fabric of the country I live in, is the axis of this new project. As on previous occasions, its main focus of attention is the age group to which I belong, to create an archive of photographs which captures the nature of 21st-century Spanish youth.”
The starting point of the work of Jesús Madriñán is the need to comprehend the reality which surrounds him in order to understand himself, and considers the existence of the other as constituting part of his own existence.
In his projects he incorporates an essential element which determines and modifies the discourse of his work. This element is the technique which he employs and the equipment which he uses to record all situations and environments: a large-plate camera, like the ones which abounded in the studios of the past.
Madriñán’s work combines the paradox of capturing the spontaneity of life using techniques taken from a studio where everything is foreseeable. His work is based on the contrast which arises from employing this meticulous and delicate technique in spontaneous and unpredictable situations.
More information about Jesús Madriñan at: www.jesusmadrinan.com
The winners of the Banco Santander Foundation Award for Artistic Production in previous editions were:
- Belén Rodríguez (Valladolid, 1981) I edición http://www.belen.news/
- Olmo Cuña (Vigo, 1983) II edición http://www.olmopia.com/info/
- Elvira Amor (Madrid, 1982) III edición http://elviramor.tumblr.com/
- Pablo Capitán del Río (Granada, 1982) IV edición http://www.pablocapitandelrio.com/
After receiving the award, the four winning artists went on to hold exhibitions, win awards, grants and residences, both in Spain and abroad.