ARCOmadrid 2023

22.02.2023 – 26.02.2023 Booth 7A14 | 7C04

RocioSantaCruz focuses on artworks that relate artistic creation with the strategies of power and the control it exercises over a production.

The presentation is based on Aby Warburg’s concept of ‘Pathosformeln’, a key idea of the German historian, which points to the set of visual elements that are repeated and appeal to the imagination of a cultural community, giving them a significant value and establishing a dialogue between the iconographic tradition of the past and the present. The proposal includes works by Rosa Amorós, Mar Arza, Blanca Casas Brullet, Jean Denant, Gonzalo Elvira, Teresa Gancedo, Lluís Hortalà, Marina Núñez, Diogo Pimentão, Toni Amengual and Oriol Vilapuig, as well as a selection of unpublished photographs by Colita.

RocioSantaCruz pays a special tribute to Ouka Leele (Madrid 1957 – Ibidem 2022), with a suite of 13 vintage photographs in silver gelatin, showing the exquisite language of contrasts and textures conveying an elevated narrative. The universe of an artist who was the creator of a playful and inventive poetics and unbridled creativity.

In conjunction with the booth proposal, RocioSantaCruz will present a Solo Project by ORLAN from the series Weeping women are angry, exhibited at the Picasso Museum in Paris in 2022. In this series of hybrid photographs, ORLAN brings to light women who are in the shadows and questions the position of women in the contemporary artistic sphere, interrogating the status of the body through all cultural, political, traditional and religious pressures.

This presentation was carried out with the support of




Arco mata (y resucita) a Picasso, Álex Vicente. El País, 22 de febrero de 2023

Arco 2023: Picasso está en los cielos y las pintoras del Prado se rebelan desde las catacumbas, Teresa Sesé. La Vanguardia, 22 de febrero de 2023

Picasso en ARCO: un muerto muy vivo, pero con poca obra, Natividad Pulpido. ABC, 22 de febrero de 2023

¿Qué ver en ARCO 2023? Secuestramos a Eloy Martínez de la Pera para dar en la diana, Fruela Zubizarreta. Vanitatis, 23 de febrero de 2023

Un paseo por 10 galerías nacionales en ARCO, Mario canal. El Mundo, 23 de febrero de 2023.

Proyectos de Artista en ARCO: en el reino de las mujeres, María Marco. El Español, 23 de febrero de 2023.

Las mujeres no lloran, las mujeres facturan en ARCO, Natividad Pulido. ABC, 23 de febrero de 2023.


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