Lamento Boliviano para el Dia de la Mujer

Lamento Boliviano – De Mujeres y Montañas

Aprovechando unos días de descanso después de escalar el Illimani, y antes de que muriera Roberto, me di vueltas por las calles de La Paz, Bolivia.  Toda ciudad tiene su graffiti, pero estas frases que encontré pintadas sobre los muros mostraban ironía y vulnerabilidad.  Nunca descubrí quien las escribió, y aunque fue hace casi una década que las encontré, pienso que hoy, Día Internacional de la Mujer, es un día justo para compartirlas.

Lamento Boliviano – “Que dificil es ser feminista cuando una esta enamorada. “

Takia Boliviana - Jan Smith 2002

Taika Boliviana – Jan Smith 2003

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Jan Smith – Desierto(s) Historias Urbanas

Jan Smith:  Exhibit at Galeria Pedro Arrupe

On February 7th, photographer Jan Smith presents the exhibition, Desert(s), Urban Stories, a collective exhibition shared with colleagues Ragnar Chacin and Guillaume Corpart. Jan questions our connotation of deserts through images from the abandoned city of Pripyat near Chernobyl, and the evacuated towns around Fukushima.

“A forsaken city is something we withdrew from, and that is the true meaning of a desert.  A place we left behind.  A space where utter retreat is the only evidence that continues.  To re-enter these places is to confront our inability to remain so thoroughly, that we unknowingly invoke their forgotten name,” says Jan.

The collection of images will remain on exhibit at the Galeria de Arte Pedro Arrupe, of the Universidad IberoAmericana de Puebla until March 21st.  They will then continue their national tour in Mexico with the support of L’Alliance Française.

Venue: Blvd. del Niño Poblano No. 2901, Unidad Territorial Atlixcayotl, Puebla, 72197.  Tel. +372-3056.

Mexican Photography – Marianna Dellekamp

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Organics and Id – Marianna Dellekamp

In Situ – 1994 -1997 – Marianna Dellekamp

Mexican photography during the 1990′s began to shift from a focus on folklore and tradition to more conceptual uses of imagery where photography was another tool at the disposal of the artist.  The change coincided with the inaguration of the new Centro Nacional de las Artes, in Mexico City.  Among the first to exhibit there in 1994 was Marianna Dellekamp, with her series: In Situ. Continue reading

Cel Phones and the Noble Savage

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The Noble Savage – Photographs of First Earth Tribes

Chris Rainier

I had the chance to meet Chris Rainier at one of his lectures five years ago. He was seated next to me, in the audience, waiting for his turn at the podium.  We struck-up a brief conversation regarding his time in Papua New Guinea which lead to thoughts on the search to photograph First Earth societies untouched by technology. Continue reading