2019 marks the 100th year anniversary of commercial air transportation in Spain. This show presents historic photographs that span from the first flights —used to transport letters and the first passengers— to our time, in which aviation has become a basic element of communication.
The exhibition also explores how aviation continues to be a theme of inspiration in artistic photography by mixing unknown photographers and internationally acclaimed artists such as José Manuel Ballester, Chema Alvargonzález, Alberto García-Alix, Antoni Muntadas or Raúl Urbina. Their works take us to us to the origins of commercial air transportation in Spain and have witnessed the social evolution that it entailed.
The constant movement and the experience of travelling was a recurrent theme in Chema’s installations. He was focused on capturing in photographies those moments of travelling to a faraway destination together with the Suitcases and created a new physical representation of this phenomenon that defines the contemporary human.
The exhibition included different Alvargonzález artworks. Four of Chema's suitcases were exhibited together: Mi sombra por el Aire (2001), Desde el aire (Suiza) II (2000), Luz en el cielo (2001) and Pasillo Azul (2001). Un sueño de ciudad (Madrid) IV, 2001 a big photography taken from Madrid's sky opened the "Arte y Aeronáutica" (Art and Aeronautics) section inside the exhibition. Finally the serie En el Aire formed by eight photographies of airports and airplanes modified by Chema were shown together.