For this exhibition, Cánovas has sought out space where nature and human intervention converge; interstitial landscapes found in city limits that suggest multiple readings of space, distance, and time. These are concepts that the photographer also incorporates in his personal reflections on photography: «What the photographer does is try to make sure that what is in his images reflect his initial ideas and also, in a way that is perhaps less deliberate but no less important, his doubts».
“In Time” Carlos Cánovas
May 30 – September 9, 2018
ICO Foundation Museum
C/ Zorrilla, 3 Madrid
The work of Carlos Cánovas, as a whole, constitutes a kind of critical record on the transformation of the urban. At the same time, this exhibition highlights the author’s idea about photography itself, “an activity permeable to personal experience, in each place and at each moment, an experience that can manifest itself in different responses, but which, from its burden poetic, it revolves intensely around the ideas of time and distance “.
According to the critic Alberto Martín, “Cánovas does not monumentalize, does not convert architecture into symbols, whether industrial or not, what he does is to propose places as a context for memory and experience. That is precisely the path that definitely configures Cánovas’ journey towards a poetic landscape. ”
Since Cánovas began his photographic career in the 80s to the present, the influence of photographers like Eugène Atget and his urban wanderings is perceived in his career; Walker Evans and the so-called “documentary style”; or Michael Schmidt, of whom he says: “That German photographer’s will of ‘neutrality’ was a kind of flag that I also wanted for my images.” In addition, the work of Cánovas registers the influences of the photographers of the famous exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape (1976), or of Gabriele Basilico, with the architecture of Milan as protagonist.
In a closer environment, we must also highlight the excellent relationship that united him with photographers such as Paco Gómez and Humberto Rivas, or the one he has maintained for many years with Manolo Laguillo, all of them photographers defined in some way by their relationship with the urban landscape.
The ICO Museum, continuing its work of disseminating architectural photography, and especially the Spanish one, presents the exhibition ‘En el tiempo. Carlos Cánovas’ to show the work of one of our most relevant landscape photographers of today. The exhibition, curated by Juana Arlegui, has been possible thanks to the collaboration with the Museum of the University of Navarra, and is part of the official PhotoEspaña program 2018.