Chema Madoz

S/T (1985)

In essence, photography is used to show things. And each of those things has a meaning, accepted by all, which endows it with sense. We could say that things exist to the extent that they can be defined. Chema Madoz does not follow this universally accepted norm in his photographs. He imagines new meanings.

All kinds of labels have been used to define the Madrid-born photographer over the years. But he flees from those labels, because his work consists precisely in transmuting the common meaning of things.

By changing the concept that defines an object, the photographer ultimately gives it a new life. That is why Madoz’s photography is so evocative: it is written in the code that imagination itself is made of. And it is the viewer, upon looking at the image, who completes the narrative.

The selected image is one of his most iconic photographs. The perspective used by the photographer makes the glass look like the pubis of the woman standing behind. Thus, we realize that we are in front of a nude, as Helmut Newton did upon contemplating the work, exclaiming: “the best nude I’ve ever seen.” It has been reproduced and reinterpreted on many occasions and for different purposes.

Madoz’s insatiable imagination earned him the National Photography Award in 2000.

Chema Madoz
© Chema Madoz, VEGAP, Madrid, 2019

Chema Madoz

Madrid, 1958

His personal way of interpreting art through photography and the poetic vision that accompanies his work became trademarks of one of the most respected creators on the Spanish contemporary scene. His work focuses on analyzing the relationships between objects that are not visible to the naked eye and the tricks of vision. Among other awards, he won Spain’s National Photography Award in 2000.

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