For a nation brimming with ‘supe-stars’, it’s disappointing that the only glimpse the fans get of their idols’ off-the-big-screen lives is, ironically, on the small screen.
But when it comes to Oscar Fernandez Orengo’s photographs of the armada of screen-sizzlers, things get a bit informal. Having shot the series of portraits of Spanish directors earlier, he is back with ‘Everyday Scenes’, the series on the daily lives of award-winning actors such as Javier Bardem of the No Country for Old Men fame, Eduard Fernanadez and Ana Álvarez, among others. Surprisingly, Bardem’s fiancee and the national pin-up, Penelope Cruz, is absent from the gallery. The subjects of these portraits enact the people they become between the shots: themselves. So , at times, they look brash, suave or even tired. But for us, they are a bunch of photogenic firangs.
Venue: Instituto Cervantes, 48 Hanuman Road. On till July 31