Independencias represents the first United States one-man show by Spanish artist Miguel Ángel García.
These ten large-scale color photographs, selected from the series Independencias, produced between 2009 and 2012, are based on panoramic photographs taken by García from culturally symbolic watchtowers that overlook the 27 capitals of the European Union - the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Acropolis in Athens, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Garcia then digitally paints the images, initially blanketing them in white, as if seen through a veil of snow, which gives all the cities a unified appearance. This is followed by the selective red highlighting of repeating infrastructural details, such as smoke stacks in Paris, skylights in Berlin and London, chimneys in Vienna and Stockholm. This combined intervention highlights the contradictions between individualism, national identity, and the larger membership in a political union of many nations and cultures. The final prints act as a sort of x-ray of the in-dependencies within all the European capitals.
Two works in the show, Europa I and Europa II, present a montage of all the 27 European capitals, furthering the concept of the European city as a member of a common unified dynamic community, while at the same time a place for both personal independence and national identity. The construction of these complex works is featured in two videos by the artist.
Miguel Ángel García was born in Madrid in 1952, and lives and works in Cantabria, Spain. He is a photographer and visual artist with training in economics and agricultural design. He has exhibited widely in Europe and South America, with over 30 one-person and 15 group exhibitions in the past 8 years. His photographs have been presented at Paris Photo, Madrid Photo and the Hot Art Fair in Basel. In May, he was one of 50 photographers to be selected from 2500 entries for the Syngenta Photography Award.