Miguel Ángel Delgado (2012/ Hangar)

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Artist statement
The documentary work of Miguel Ángel Delgado takes the subject of time in its different
manifestations as its central axis, based on regular situations, apparently unimportant
facts, realities where the accessory takes the first range in equal conditions.
This way, the videos that conform the work are the result of the relation with an immediate
reality that reveals, through natural representations, the temporary character of the image.
Far from the asepsis of the situations, these works introduce the spectator in a tissue
where time frees from its conventionality, setting forth a relationship between beholder and
the image itself.
In the series Videoemplazamientos (Video-locations) the spectator is confronted with
situations where the strength of the work concentrates in the recovery and accumulation of
building materials to be recycled in new constructions. The image acquires, thanks the to
the dynamics of destruction, recovery and classification, a stratified nature that puts us in
relation to different temporalities. The myth of Sisyphus, forced to roll his rock to the top of
a mountain for eternity, resonates in the piece Chicos del 27 (Kids from the 27); two boys,
living in a Sahrawi refugee camp in the plain desert, are condemned to a permanent
struggle in the aftermath of floods in Sahara. The videos of the series 'El tiempo
animal'(Animal Time) cover situations in which the attitude of domestic animals questions
the boundaries between conventional time and a temporal free fluctuation.
Miguel Angel Delgado holds a degree in Audiovisual Communication Studies from the
Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He continued his training with a fellowship in Paris
where he worked with the artist Alberto Garcia-Alix. As a partner of the Studio Joaquin
Gallego (design and development of audiovisual projects), he has taken in charge the
artistic direction of audiovisual department of the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid,
working in different projects such as art director of the documentary 'Bonifacio, la cicatriz
interior'(Bonifacio, Internal Scar), 'Don Quijote en imágenes'(Don Quixote in Pictures) X
reading of Don Quixote, and the audiovisual design for the exhibition spaces of Basilio
Martin Patino´s 'Espejos en la niebla'(Mirrors in the Fog). Exhibitions of Alberto Garcia-
Alix, Chuck Close, Eugene Smith, Contemporary African Art and Artists of Atzlán in art
spaces as: Fundación La Caixa, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Comunidad
de Madrid and La Casa Encendida.
As a filmmaker, he has collaborated with artist Alberto Garcia-Alix as cinematographer of
the film De donde no se vuelve (From Where There is not Return) premiered at the Reina
Sofia National Museum in Madrid. He has taken part of the program Demon, Le Monde à
l'Envers, Embassy of France in Spain, in the project Ciudades en abismo, in collaboration
with writer Antonin Potoski. Awarded a script development by the Regional Government of
Castilla La Mancha with a project of French-Spanish co-production. His work has been
seen in 143 Delicias, at the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, in the Amalgama series of
screenings and is part of the catalog of video art distributor Hamaca. He currently heads
the project Arquitectura y resistencia (http://www.arquitecturayresistencia.com) in
collaboration with artist Nicolas Combarro, a proposal open to the participation of other
artists, presented at the Cultural Center of Spain in Mexico. Since september he is artist in
residence at the Seoul Art Space Geumcheon in Korea. Among the workshops and
seminars in which he participated, stands out the one taught by Pedro Costa in Madrid.