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El Corte Inglés joins ARCOmadrid with a space created by Isabel Muñoz about archaeological sites in Turkey

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El Corte Inglés joins ARCOmadrid with a space created by Isabel Muñoz about archaeological sites in Turkey

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  • This project is one of the activities at ARCOmadrid 2024, the International Contemporary Art Fair that will be held at the Madrid trade fair centre.
  • Isabel Muñoz sought to use El Corte Inglés’ space at ARCOmadrid to showcase photographs of Turkish archaeological sites that offer a uniquely singular depiction of the birth of humanity. 
  • Isabel Muñoz has also created art interventions for the shop windows at the El Corte Inglés Preciados and Serrano centres (Madrid), which consist of a series of photographs of these sites located in Göbekli Tepe and Karahan Tepe (Turkey). 

El Corte Inglés is once again taking part in ARCOmadrid 2024, the International Contemporary Art Fair that will be held in the capital until 10 March. And it's doing so with its very own space designed by the photographer Isabel Muñoz, a nationally and internationally renowned artist. For this event, she has portrayed the recently discovered archaeological sites in Göbekli Tepe and Karahan Tepe, in Turkey, which she was allowed to visit. These sites have been dated as the oldest in the world, built over 11,000 years ago.

Isabel Muñoz specifically sought to use El Corte Inglés’ space at ARCOmadrid to showcase images of the remains of these archaeological sites, which offer a uniquely singular depiction of the birth of humanity. These nighttime scenes were taken solely with the light of the moon and the stars to portray the figures and structures found at these sites in a truly realistic way, with the same amount of light as the first humans would have had. 

Isabel Muñoz intended to use this space, which includes three large lightboxes and an overhead screen projecting the sky as seen from the archaeological sites, to showcase humanity’s oldest sculptures and figures, as well as how people lived back then and how their lives unfolded. To do so, she combines materials like black aluminium, sheer fabric and sand from the actual archaeological sites themselves with large photographs and prints featuring precious metals, which perfectly reflect the spirit of this civilization, one that's virtually unknown to the rest of the world.

Another highlight of Isabel Muñoz’s collaboration with El Corte Inglés this year are the art interventions she created for the shop windows at the El Corte Inglés Preciados and Serrano centres in Madrid, in celebration of ARCO. Titled Before Time, the photographer presents images of humanity's earliest temples and explains them in a video that can be found at this link. https://www.ambitocultural.es/la-exposicion-una-nueva-historia-de-isabel-munoz-en-el-corte-ingles-muestra-origenes-de-la-civilizacion-en-arco-madrid/

This photo project focuses on humanity’s origins, looking at how they organised themselves and the way they lived. Indeed, humanity’s origin story has been a recurring theme throughout Isabel Muñoz's work. The pieces on display in El Corte Inglés’ shop windows are shots taken by Isabel Muñoz at night, all of them showing the same illumination as the first humans who lived there would have had, such as torches or the moonlight itself. Some of the works are emulsified in silver and gold.

Through her lens, the artist provides an in-depth look at humanity’s most basic features, its movements, its rituals, symbolic meaning and the importance of the moon and water in Karahan. In Before Time, Isabel Muñoz offers a comprehensive, unique and personal interpretation of the ancestral symbols, with over 11,000 years of history, discovered at these Turkish archaeological sites.

 Isabel Muñoz’s displayed works will also be on sale at the María Porto art gallery in El Corte Inglés Castellana.

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