UNITED PHOTO PRESS returns to Madeira Islands with International Exhibition at the Electricity Museum in Funchal

The Funchal Electricity Museum presents the United Photo Press International Art Exhibition featuring the book "28 Years of United Photo Press Creative Artists” and the 29th Anniversary Celebration, 1990.2019 as well as many original photography and painting art works at the museum's art gallery from 6th to 28th September 2019.

From the countless artists on four continents who have participated in United Photo Press's international exhibitions, a selection has been made reflecting the broad repertoire of contemporary photography and painting in the world context. 

United Photo Press has set itself the task of bringing together the creative potential of member artists worldwide, regardless of ethnicity, religion or genre, by engaging in multiple motives, techniques and materials. The artworks are all presented photographically. They open pictorial space of lines, structures and colors by which which emotions, sensuality as well as ruptures show the search for new expressive possibilities.

For United Photo Press, creating the means to promote artists internationally is their lifeblood. In essence, art has always been about self-expression. A way to filter the world through personal experiences, beliefs, fears, sadness and joy and come out on the other side with something that is an extension of the deepest part of yourself.

United Photo Press artists featured in this international exhibition put their creative power at the service of a creative new start and are driven by attention, curiosity and interest in combining their individual artistic expression with the goal of international artistic understanding.

United Photo Press was selected as a United Nations partner for the International Year of Biodiversity.

United Photo Press projects, based in Munich, Germany, are supported by the Funchal Electricity Museum in the Madeira Islands; the American Institute of Arts in New York; the Ligalismo Foundation in Washington, United States and Spain; University of Queensland in Australia; Ingo Seufert Gallery in Munich, Germany; Peter Litvai Gallery in Landshut, Germany; House of Culture from Setúbal, Portugal; Fiarte Europa in Granada Spain; El Refugio Cultural Center, Guadalajara, Mexico and Sakharov Center, Moscow, Russia.

The background music during the exhibition at museam is provided by António Marante & the Jazz Orchestra and Tan Ses - Best Worldbeat Album Akademia Music Awards.

Free Entrance.

Short story about Madeira Islands | 600 Years

It is an island, and an archipelago. 
No explanation as to why (almost everything) what is going on here has to do with the sea.

The story goes that on the night of July 1, 1419, João Gonçalves Zarco, Tristao Vaz Teixeira and Bartolomeu Perestrelo arrived in Madeira. That night, they waited for the morning to disembark, and that very first day they celebrated Mass and began their exploration of the land ahead. Better off, knowing today the morphology of the island, that they had decided to continue the journey by sea as it would certainly be easier than breaking ground on an island with a maximum (west-east) length of 53.9 kilometers - any like going from Lisbon to Ericeira and a maximum width (north-south) of 23 kilometers - little more than a return trip from Porto to Gaia.

Madeira is sea before land and not just for being an island. It takes the eleven counties from the east to the west to realize the authority of nature and why it took more than five centuries for men, engineering and community funds to make it passable on land, which has always been at sea through a composition of tunnels that spawned an island within the island interspersed with chunks of sky.

But the sea is the same as 600 years ago and today, then, just peek over your shoulder to find blue, blue always. If we don't see him, it's almost certainly because we're just peeking over the wrong shoulder. And since this is the year that marks the 600th anniversary of the discovery of Madeira, it would be a kind of heresy to think of the date without thinking of the path made by sea. What is already less obvious is that the script of a thought that has the Cartesian logic began in Viana do Castelo, passed through Lisbon, arrived in Madeira and ended in the Canary Islands. This is exactly the course of the Discoveries Race 2019 race, organized by European Cofradía de la Vela, which is part of the 600th anniversary celebrations of the discovery of the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo, and which took place last August, having its last stage with departure from Funchal.

"It's in the sea, not in the land"
Let's do it by steps.

The European Cofradía de la Vela, first. Joining in love with sea, most with previous course in the navy. It presents itself as a think tank formed by a group of sailing experts, independent of any political or economic entity. Arrived in Funchal, represented by the confreres Francisco Quiroga Martinez and António Bossa Dionísio, a Spaniard and a Portuguese who made their way to the island to accompany the last stage of the Discoveries Race 2019, the race designed as a tribute to “the great discovering countries and the discovered territories”. . Discoveries not achieved, probably a detail for organizers but not for everyone. It is a statement of intent, to succeed with the test to foster “friendship and equality between friends of different nationalities united by a common passion, the sea”.

Now the last part is that it becomes impossible not to understand after a few days in Madeira. Here the sea enters by conversation as the fajãs enter the ocean. It is a natural and virtuous accident. It brings together different people in common stories involving boats, people who drive boats, others who meet in other boats and who, told, make the huge ocean look like a neighborhood where the corners of the neighborhood are known...

C a r l o s A l v e s d e S o u s a
President of United Photo Press