Right now, this is the summer that no one can ignore. Everything is so hot. One gets lazy at times like this.
I started out again to see more of the Ibiza art scene. Today however I went to see Martha Cooper’s Making an appearance. It was really good. She showed some 130 pictures some of which were taken as early as 1980. But mixed with picturs from now, it gave the visitor a fantastic insight into her deep relationship with street art and graffiti. Martha Cooper is a photographer not afraid to be in the middle of things. Her art is authentic because it is real. One thing which I found amazing is that she took a shot of a couple of guys in their late twenties and one shot of exactly the same guys some thirty years later. You can see in the picture that she relates with all the people she is taking pictures of. She has an unusual style inasmuch as sometimes you wish that the pictures were more dramatic. But they aren’t. They are silent, authentic and rich like life itself.
To be honest with you, I did not know her before but the way she did some of her shots really made me wonder. It made me think. About graffiti as an art form but also about the photographer as an intermediate person between the anonymity of the street and society that criminalized this art.
Her art is different. But it is good and deeply political. The topic of street art is a tag that would fit her alright. But is that all there is to it I wonder. It would be nice to go, see her and ask her myself.
Right now, the only thing that remains to be said is to encourage everyone on Ibiza to go and take a look for yourself.
The expo is on from July 24th until roughly August 19th. Please also post comments if you know Martha Cooper’s work.
Ps. There is a pic of Iggy Pop in there as well. Another reason to like dig Martha Cooper.