Ibiza Through The Lens Of La Skimal

Posted on June 16, 2019

Words: Lara Young

Images: La Skimal

Pictures by Gabriel Escalofrios.

The highly anticipated exhibition of Ibiza-born and bred photographer La Skimal opened on Friday, June 14th, and as our very own Head of Photography, we were lucky enough to snatch a brief interview with her prior to the opening. Despite having had a sneak preview of a few of her favourite images, nothing could prepare us for the scale of this unique and stunning catalogue of work documenting the island’s music and clubbing history, together with highlights from personal projects, over the last 15 years.

Coinciding with the official opening of the glamorous Santa Eulàlia ME Ibiza hotel this season, we joined together with creatives, art lovers, and Ibiza’s music and clubbing community to celebrate one of the highlights of La Skimal’s career to date. Viewing this collection as a whole gives you a true appreciation of the magnitude of La Skimal’s role as a leading photographer in Ibiza’s music industry. Capturing rare moments in places where such intimacy seems unimaginable, we are able to get up close and personal with many artists and characters that have made an everlasting mark on the island’s music culture.

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Entitled “Intuition”, La Skimal (also known as Isabel Flores) undertook the major task of curating this single exhibition from 15 years of images. She selected the collection by sitting, eyes closed, and intuitively recalling some of her favourite pictures from memory. The result is an astounding collection of images, deeply personal to Isabel, which capture not only people and moments in time but also emotions of love, fragility, unity and hedonism. This is the first time Isabel has been able to display her commercial and personal projects as one and the event itself brought together her family, teachers, and close friends as well as professionals from the art world, for this very personal opening night.

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The modern elegance of the ME Ibiza décor was the perfect backdrop for this display that is exhibited over several floors. Isabel was selected by Mamboland Agency to be the first artist to exhibit her work in a series of forthcoming exhibitions over the coming months. She worked closely with Estela Calvete from Filigrana Urbana who played a major role in turning concept into the creation of this exhibition. Isabel repeatedly thanked all of her many supporters for their creative input and humbly attributes a large part of the success of this project to their support. Highlighting the standout management of Pat Comunicaciones and the production support from Ibiza Plug & Play, she said she had felt amazing love from the first minute that she started this project from of all her friends and colleagues from Ibiza and around the world, who threw themselves into the project to raise her work to another level.

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Intuition Ibizaatravesdelaskimal Essentialibiza 2019 By Gabriel Vaquez011

Photography has a way of lighting up life and Isabel demonstrates her gift of observation by turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. This exhibition symbolizes the closing and opening of a new chapter in Isabel’s professional life. This is physically represented in an immersive exhibit where a sequence of doors encourage the observer to look back into the past (the viewing text was written by La Skimal’s partner in crime since 1994 and creative director of Tendencias TV Francesca Tur Serra) and then be lured into sneakily peeking through the keyhole to glimpse the future.

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Seizing private, back stage moments of DJs, dancers and drag performers, Isabel skillfully captures not only the blood, sweat and tears of performing art but also the heart-warming solidarity and commitment of these artists. The final seconds of monumental closing parties, such as Space, are frozen forever in time. Many of the larger exhibition pieces are taken from Isabel’s close involvement with the ‘Glitterbox’ brand. The dazzling flamboyance of the performers is taken to a new dimension by cleverly displaying the images through the medium of sequin-covered canvas. Raven Mandella, the leading ambassador of Glitterbox, personally attended the exhibition excitedly to view his portrait and those of his fellow performers.

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Not content with physical imagery, several other pictures from her collection are magically transformed into melodies using digital technology that attributes 3 musical notes to each pixel, a kind of musical sublimation of the senses.

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The free spirit of the island, with its ups and downs, are reflected in many of the smaller images casually arranged, as if by accident, in the lit trees on the roof terrace. Isabel has often expressed her love and admiration for the unique characters encountered here in Ibiza. Overall the exhibition is a reflection of La Skimal herself. A passion for life and adventure, an intuitive eye for beauty in the unconventional and a perfect display of kindness and empathy with a wonderful sense of humour. The stunning exhibition will still be on display at the ME Ibiza until June 22nd, so make sure you don’t miss out on this piece of Ibiza history!

Further Information
w: www.laskimal.com
fb: www.facebook.com/laskimalphotography
insta: www.instagram.com/laskimal
event: www.facebook.com/events/intuitionbylaskimal

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