Art inspired by María Zambrano

A piece by Chema Lumbres in the Centro de Estudios Hispano-Marroquí.
A piece by Chema Lumbres in the Centro de Estudios Hispano-Marroquí. / SUR
  • The Centre of Hispanic-Moroccan Studies has a new collection to celebrate the legacy of the local philosopher

“I'm interested in the poetic reason of María Zambrano, to understand the world through serene meditative thought. I've tried to include that in my work, to depict the emotions that we try to resist.” Aixa Portero says each word measuredly as if trying to phrase her sentences perfectly. She is distrustful of haste, yet she inhabits the same daily vortex that so many of us do nowadays. The result of that creativity takes a delicate and deep form. A winged book called Niké. Or her six paintings on Japanese paper. Or her nest of feathers and twigs which she says demonstrates the link between human beings and nature.

Ultimately, her goal is to recreate the thought processes of philosopher María Zambrano through art. That was the impetus behind her collection that was unveiled last week in the Centre of Hispanic-Moroccan Studies in Malaga. Six artists were chosen by the curator, María Bueno, to display works based around Zambrano's most famous work, 'Algunas Lugares de la Pintura'.

“María Zambrano is an author who is known internationally, especially in Latin America, since she stayed there during her exile; however in Malaga one can learn a lot about her life and her works,” said María Bueno, creator of the exhibition which can be visited in the centre of the Plaza de Teatro until 15 June.

The artists' works are very different, despite all being inspired by Zambrano. “All establish a link with nature,” says Bueno, perhaps the most obvious similarity between the works of Almudena Baeza, Paco Aguilar, Aixa Portero, Eugenio Rivas, Chema Lumbreras and herself.

The artists use a wide range of media for their work, including painting, drawing, engravings, installations and sculptures. Bueno presents large drawings in black ink where the “protagonism of nature” arises through characters “in tune with their natural environment.” Lumbreras' work depicts animals with human-like features, while Rivas highlights the link between the industrial and the natural in modern society. Baeza creates hybrids between animals and humans and that dream-like world also emerges in Aguilar's engraving, entitled 'La gruta', which shows a natural doorway. It's time to cross to the other side.