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Monday, January 25, 2021

Visiting artits studios in Carabanchel with stop in Usera for chinese food

 

These are difficult times, who can deny it. However, this weekend I felt like a tourist in my own city and I enjoyed it.  There is an incredible artistic offer in Carabanchel. I also took the opportunity to eat at the famous Chinese restaurant Lao Tau in Usera and admired the building painted in this neighbourhood by 3TTMan.

Alejandro Guijarro Studio
Usera Painting by 3TTMen

 

Alejandro Guijarro Studio

                                                                   

The morning started with a visit to the studio of the photographer Alejandro Guijarro who showed us the whole artistic process behind his works, where photography may be the least important thing as everything turns around memory, his well-known blackboards and X-rays of paintings from the Prado Museum among others. 

Alvaro Catalán de Ocón studio

We were lucky that Alvaro Catalán de Ocón, an industrial designer well known for his famous lamps called petlamps produced by artisans from Ghana, Ethiopia, Thailand, Colombia and Australia among others, also showed us his workshop and his new productions, a real marvel.

Alvaro's famous Petlamps

On our Carabanchel tour, we also took the opportunity to visit Sabrina Amrani's gallery in Calle Salaberri 52, where the artist Joël Andrianomearisoa, a Magadascar artist who has been present at the Venice Biennale, is currently exhibiting his work.

Sabrina's Amrani Gallery

And finally, we went to Usera where I was amazed by the mural of the urban artists 3TTMen and ate in a totally Chinese atmosphere in the Lao Tau restaurant.,The tiles on the walls represent bullfighters and flamencas but it is the only Spanish thing you'll find in this delicious Cantonese restaurant where hake head and noodles are their speciality. (35, Nicolás Sánchez st)





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Estos son tiempos difíciles, quien lo puede negar. Sin embargo este fin de semana me he sentido turista en mi propia ciudad y he disfrutado mucho visitando la increíble oferta artística de Carabanchel. Además aproveché para comer en el famoso restaurante chino Lao Tau en Usera y admirar el mural realizado en este barrio por 3TTMan.

La mañana comenzó con visita al estudio del fotógrafo Alejandro Guijarro que nos mostró todo el proceso artístico que hay detrás de sus obras donde puede que la fotografía sea lo de menos ya que todo gira en torno a la memoria, sus conocidas pizarras y radiografías de cuadros del Museo del Prado entre otras. 



Tuvimos la suerte que Alvaro Catalán de Ocón, diseñador industrial muy conocido por sus famosas lámparas llamadas petlamps producidas por artesanos de Ghana, Etiopía, Tailandia, Colombia y Australia entre otros nos enseñó también su taller y sus nuevas producciones, una auténtica maravilla.


En el tour por Carabanchel, aprovechamos también para visitar la galería de Sabrina Amrani en la calle Salaberri 52, donde el artista Joël Andrianomearisoa , artista de Magadascar que ha estado presente en la Biennale de Venecia expone actualmente.


Y por último, hicimos un salto a Usera donde aluciné con el mural de los artistas urbanos 3TTMen y comí de cine en un ambiente totalmente chino del restaurante Lao Tau, aunque los azulejos de las paredes sean de toreros y flamencas es lo único español que encontrarás en este delicioso restaurante cantonés donde la cabeza de merluza es su especialidad. 

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