Genesis. Sebastião Salgado.
The Promenade of the Cypress Trees will host, from July 26 to August 30, a free photo exhibition entitled “Genesis” by Sebastião Salgado. It's an amazing mosaic in which nature is expressed in all its grandeur. The exhibition brings together thirty-eight photographs in black and white that have been selected by his wife, Lélia Wanick Salgado and that include landscapes, animals, and people which have been able to escape the influence of the modern world in polar regions, forests and tropical savannas, scorching deserts, glacier-dominated mountains, and secluded islands.
The images of the “Genesis” project arise from the concern of Sebastião Salgado as a result of the different abuses to which nature is currently being subjected – they are fragments of the world which is yet to be explored: a world that is intact, untouched. The aim is to capture the origin of the planet through photographs that show life's primary elements, animal species that remain in their wild state, and tribes that still live primitively.
After almost three decades of reflection on humanity's dramas and tragedies in his projects entitled “Workers” and “Exodus,” Salgado started, in 2004, this eight-year project which focuses on the nature of our planet. The first target for “Genesis” was the Galapagos Islands. Since then, and until 2012, the photographer made a total of 32 trips to undertake his journey through the untouched world, making stops in Antarctica, Madagascar, Botswana, Virunga Park, Alaska, the Colorado Plateau in the United States, Siberia, and the Amazon Rainforest, amongst others.
This exhibition is part of the "Art to the Street" program – a program through which La Caixa's Social Works Project aims to bring art nearer to the public, outside of the usual context of museums and exhibition halls.