Humberto Rivas Lo que no descartó

26 Mar - 27 May 2022


Ana Mas Projects is pleased to present ‘Lo que no descartó’ by Humberto Rivas (Buenos Aires, 1937), a selection of photographs taken by the photographer after his arrival in Barcelona fleeing Argentina shortly before the 1976 coup d’état. 

Known as the photographer of silence, Rivas uses his lens as a tool that interrogates, as a gaze that questions reality beneath the surface. Longing to see and to make see, Rivas shoots to shake the habits of vision and by teasing the cultural, historical and social filters he blurs the ordinary visual experience.   

Rivas transcends simple observation and, approaching the margins of the invisible, captures precise images that fade reality on the scale of chiaroscuro: twilight landscapes, urban ruins, depopulated interiors.  

The axes of time and oblivion strain the visions of a photographer who, like Rivas, does not shrink before the absence of characters. The works selected for this exhibition capture forests that impede passage, show domestic deserts inhabited by secret lives and freeze existence behind a nostalgic succession of closed doors. 

‘Lo que no descartó’ is a transit through 18 images that remained in the archive, images that were set aside but never discarded. If Rivas considered that landscapes came out to meet him to be recorded, this exhibition seeks the interlocutor to continue with the open story left by the artist through his gaze. 


Exhibition in collaboration with the Humberto Rivas Archive  

Humberto Rivas was born in Buenos Aires in 1937. Since 1976 he lived and worked as a photographer and pedagogue in Barcelona. In 1982 he actively participated in the launching of the first edition of the Primavera Fotográfica de Barcelona, a pioneering event in Spain that renewed the concepts and parameters of contemporary art, placing photography at the forefront.   

His artistic career was widely shown in museums and institutions around the world, including the Museo de Arte Moderno de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, the Centro Cultural Recoleta (Buenos Aires), the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya de Barcelona, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), or the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles), among many others.  

In 1997 the Barcelona City Council awarded him the City of Barcelona Plastic Arts Award. In 1998 he was awarded the National Photography Prize by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. In 1999 he received the Konex Award in Argentina. In 2009 the Barcelona City Council awarded him the Gold Medal for Artistic Merit. He died on November 6, 2009 in Barcelona. 

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