La Movida Madrileña: Madrid's Club Culture 78/85

La Movida Madrileña: Madrid's Club Culture 78/85

9/27 NOVEMBER 2016: Red Gallery, 1-3 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3DT

A Red Gallery Exhibition in collaboration between, with photographs from  Miguel Trillo, Ouka Leele and Javier Astudillo private collection

La Movida was a creative, cross-discipline, counter-cultural movement that took over a neglected Spanish society between the late 1970’s to the mid 1980’s.

"It’s difficult to speak of La Movida and explain it to those who didn't live those years. We weren't a generation; we weren't an artistic movement; we weren't a group with a concrete ideology. We were simply a bunch of people that coincided in one of the most explosive moments in the country." ‐ Pedro Almodóvar

Simmering beneath Franco’s Spain, a dictatorship that had ruled over the country for decades, La Movida was an outburst of creative expression that shaped the period of transition from a nation repressed under Franco, to an emerging, free thinking, more liberally minded Spain. With the death of the dictator, these musicians and artists were able to freely express and document a very different Spain to the one being portrayed in the mainstream. Whilst music was its main form of expression, all art forms were used to explore the marginalised as in: pornography, prostitution, gender roles and homosexuality.

La Movida’s favourite son is Pedro Almodóvar, whose first films such as “Pepi, Luci, Bom y Otras Chicas del Monton” (1980) reflect the spirit of the movement. Other notable film directors of the time were: Fernando Trueba, Fernando Colomo and Ivan Zulueta.

La Movida’s preferred place to hangout was the Malasaña area of Madrid. Young people would meet in the Rock Ola (a temple of the Movida Movement). El Sol, La Vía Lactea, Carolina y La Penta, venues where you could hear live music & dj’s playing the latest sounds. Short films and paintings were projected onto the walls. The attitude and focus of the music were similar to the British New Wave or the Neue Deitsche Welled in that it mixed styles such as punk with rock as well as having strong influences from synthetic pop. 

The exhibition/archive includes photographs by Miguel Trill and Auka lealer as well as Javier Astudillo’s   private collection and archive