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Martín Chambi at Blanca Berlín, Madrid

“Festa in Hacienda Angosta, Cusco,” 1929; Positive copy starting from the original glass negative with selenium file treatment / Silver gelatin printed from original glass plate- 50 x 60 cm Ed. S / E
(Courtesy: Blanca Berlín)

Photographer of his own indigenous community, Martín Chambi has a selection of works on display in Madrid at present. The Blanca Berlín presents the works of this Peruvian artist until January 5, 2018.

Martín Chambi (born in Peru, 1891 -1973), of peasant origin, settled down professionally in Cusco, a city he arrived in 1920 attracted by its splendor and history. Chambi reveals the daily and magical universe of the Andean culture through its photographic archive, which contains nearly 30,000 negatives.

In 1977, a group of volunteers from the Earthwatch Foundation cataloged and approved around 6,000 glass plates from their collection. This represented a valuable contribution since it was then when his work began to be disseminated internationally, arriving at the MoMA in New York in 1979.

He was the first indigenous photographer who portrayed his own people with pride and arrogance. His portraits are reminiscent of those that his contemporary, August Sander, made in Germany. The faces photographed by Chambi reflect the dignity of a people sheltering itself, uncomfortable in the imposed clothes, subdued, but never humiliated.

His work has been the subject of numerous articles, books, and catalogs, starring in more than a hundred exhibitions in the remotest corners of the world. The artist’s works are in numerous public and private collections — MALI Art Museum of Lima, Peru; MoMA, New York, USA; Photo Museum, Zarautz, Spain; Real Academia de BBAA, Madrid, Spain; Gorman Museum, California,USA; Ibero-American Institute of Berlin, Germany; Museum of Culture of Milan, Italy; MUN, Museum University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain; Dionisi Museum, Córdoba, Argentina; Jan Mulder Collection, Lima, Peru; Eduardo Hochschild Collection, Lima, Peru; Banco de Credito del Peru; Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, USA; and Mario Testino Collection, London, United Kingdom.

The exhibition is on view through January 5, 2018, at Blanca Berlín, Calle del Limón, 28, 28015 Madrid, Spain.

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.