"It’s difficult to speak of La Movida and explain it to those who didn't live those years. We weren't a generation; we weren't an artistic movement; we weren't a group with a concrete ideology. We were simply a bunch of people that coincided in one of the most explosive moments in the country." ‐ Pedro Almodóvar
Continuing with Red Gallery LDN series of exhibitions on Youth Sub cultures around the world, this time its Spain and the city of Madrid and the momentous youth movement called “La Movida”
La Movida was a creative, cross-discipline, counter-cultural movement that took over a neglected Spanish society between the late 1970’s to the mid 1980’s.
Simmering beneath Franco’s Spain, a dictatorship that had ruled over the country for decades, La Movida was an outburst of creative expression that shaped the period of transition from a nation repressed under Franco, to an emerging, free thinking, more liberally minded Spain. With the death of the dictator, these musicians and artists were able to freely express and document a very different Spain to the one being portrayed in the mainstream. Whilst music was its main form of expression, all art forms were used to explore the marginalised as in: pornography, prostitution, gender roles and homosexuality.
La Movida’s favourite son is Pedro Almodóvar, whose first films such as “Pepi, Luci, Bom y Otras Chicas del Monton” (1980) reflect the spirit of the movement. Other notable film directors of the time were: Fernando Trueba, Fernando Colomo and Ivan Zulueta.
La Movida’s preferred place to hangout was the Malasaña area of Madrid. Young people would meet in the Rock Ola (a temple of the Movida Movement). El Sol, La Vía Lactea, Carolina y La Penta, venues where you could hear live music & dj’s playing the latest sounds. Short films and paintings were projected onto the walls. The attitude and focus of the music were similar to the British New Wave or the Neue Deitsche Welle in that it mixed styles such as punk with rock as well as having strong influences from synthetic pop.
The exhibition includes photographs by Miguel Trillo as well as an exclusive screening of A Freer Time Was Had By All documentary by Beatriz Alonso Aranzába.
The London La Movida exhibition has already secured one of the most Influential photographers of the time, Miguel Trillo who captured some of the mosticonic and timeless images of the Movida.
This exhibition and project is jointly produced and curated by Red Gallery and Miguel Borrego, Instituto Cervantes London and Spanish Embassy.
Red Gallery continues its journey of documenting and archiving other seminal musical movements, such as the Paris Techno scene, Italo Disco and the counterculture in the ex Soviet Union.
La Movida Madrileña 1975/85 exhibition Opening night Wed 9th of November w/ a special screening plus Q&A
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