Cristina García Rodero
Spain, 1949
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Cristina García Rodero has captured more images of folklore and religious rites in Spain than any other photographer. Her ambiguous style intertwines the many facets of festivities with a touch of mystic introspection. Her acclaimed work in the field of visual ethnography goes beyond the bounds of sociology and often acquires great artistic depth. Her magical eyes -catalysts for strikingly beautiful moments- have a cunning ability to mislead and somehow manage to spirit away hidden things that would go unnoticed by a customary gaze. Cristina García Rodero began photographing festivals and rituals in Spain in 1973, at a time when Franco’s dictatorship viewed such work as a satirical, comic portrayal of traditional values. She tells the story of the country in the dying years of the dictatorship: while urban society was taking giant strides in terms of industrialisation and development, rural areas were being left behind. History is said to be the greatest of ghosts, and behind history -behind the events that interest historians- lie legends. España oculta [Hidden Spain] (1989) is the living account of change in a country often portrayed as “deepest, darkest Spain”, where matters like religion, family and tradition are deeply ingrained. She photographs the world like a theatre, a stage on which the characters performing the actions are the only thing that matters: people in the spotlight and their shadows. The consubstantial marvel in Cristina García Rodero’s photographs is that nothing happens by chance- the scene is all real. Photography does not always manage to find its way out of these labyrinths, since reality is all too malleable in the hands of fiction. But it is in reality that truth hides and onto which fiction is projected.
Lola Garrido

Artworks by the artist included in the Collection Artworks by the artist included in the Collection

  • Long Live St Christ. Peñas de San Pedro / 1978

  • The Picao penitent. San Vicente de la Sonsi... / 1979

  • The Empalao. Valverde de la Vera / 1979

  • Prayer to the Calvary. Bercianos de Aliste / 1975

  • Procession of St Christ. Bercianos de Aliste / 1975

  • Brothers of the Cross. Bercianos de Aliste / 1975

  • Procession of the St Burial. Bercianos de Aliste / 1978

  • The Daughter of the Penitent. Cuenca / 1982

  • At Eleven O'Clock at El Salvador. Cuenca / 1982

  • The Powers of the Soul. Puente Genil / 1976

  • Salve to Our Lady of Ujué. Lumbier / 1980

  • The Trinity. Lumbier / 1980

  • The Black-tailed Jews. Baena / 1976

  • The Sound of Pain. Murcia / 1981

  • Waiter! Chocolate and churros. Cartagena / 1981

  • Gypsies in the Procession. Antequera / 1977

  • Playing Passion. Riogordo / 1983

  • Mercy. O Corpiño / 1982

  • Words of Love. Bercianos de Aliste / 1978

  • Pilgrims in Ujué. Eslava / 1980

  • St John's Finger. Belichón / 1982

  • Request for Rain for the Fields. Tirteafuera / 1978

  • Offering Tower. Hontanar / 1987

  • Offertory to Our Lady of La Cuesta. Miranda del Ca... / 1980

  • El Colacho. Castrillo de Murcia / 1975

  • Singers of the Virgin Mary. Morella / 1976

  • Brothers of St Sebastian. Villasandino / 1981

  • September. Escober / 1988

  • The Repose of the Dancers. Belinchón / 1982

  • The Heroine. Morella / 1976

  • The Priest and His Mother. Las Pías / 1980

  • The Cascaborras. Orce / 1987

  • Dancer. El Hito / 1980

  • The Enharinao. Laza / 1985

  • Days of Kings. Montamarta / 1981

  • The Peliqueiro. Laza / 1975

  • The Jarramplás. Piornal / 1980

  • Promise to Las Pascuillas. A Franqueira / 1981

  • The Pilgrims of Useras / 1981

  • The Pilgrims of Useras in Chodos / 1976

  • El Rocío Pilgrimage. Huelva / 1979

  • Female Worshipper at El Rocío Pilgrimage. Huelva / 1979

  • The Afternoon. Campillo de Arenas / 1978

  • The Female Major-domos. El Cerro de Andévalo / 1982

  • Altars for Corpus Christi. Fuenlabrada de los Mont... / 1979

  • The Transvestite. Trebujena / 1988

  • Evening Paths. Zamora / 1988

  • On the Threshing Floors. Escober / 1988

  • Bullfights in Ronda / 1981

  • Sea Bulls. Denia / 1987

  • Leaving the Bullpen. Benavente / 1975

  • The Cuadrilla. Vitoria / 1978

  • The Bull. Soria / 1977

  • The Dependent. Zamora / 1978

  • Ofrecidas. San Martín del Pedroso / 1981

  • The Weeping of the Ofrecida. Ribaterme / 1978

  • Wax Heads. Gende / 1977

  • The Ex-voto. Figueiro / 1978

  • St Blas Devil. Almonacid del Marquesado / 1974

  • Good Friday in the Ermitas / 1987

  • The Kiss. Los Milagros / 1977

  • Christ of El Sahuco. Peñas de San Pedro / 1982

  • Christ of El Sahuco. Peñas de San Pedro / 1978

  • The Confession. Saavedra / 1980

  • Shrouded. Amil / 1977

  • The Offertory. Amil / 1979

  • A Promise to Life. Amil / 1975

  • Breakfast. Amil / 1975

  • The Sick Beggar's Promise. Amil / 1980

  • The Child in the Coffin. Ribarteme / 1982

  • A Mother's Promise. A Franqueira / 1981

  • Antoñito. Ribarteme / 1981

  • The Aficionado. Banyeres / 1981

  • For Men Only. Vilafranca del Cid / 1981

  • The Sleeping Soul. Saavedra / 1981