April 22, 2011

Photo Exhibition Explores the ‘Resilience’ of Latin America

A travelling exhibition challenging the representation of Latin American countries in the world media and offering a new perspective for understanding the continent’s inhabitants is currently on display at the Milli Reasürans Art Gallery in Istanbul’s Teşvikiye neighborhood.


Titled “Resiliencia” (Resilience), the show was part of the 2009 edition of the prestigious PHotoEspaña International Festival of Photography and Visual Arts in Madrid. Descubrimientos PHE (Discoveries PHE), the festival’s portfolio review, offering photographers from different countries the opportunity to present their work, devoted its 2009 year review to photographers in Latin American countries and it has just now reached Turkey as part of its world tour.

The show’s curator, Claudi Carreras Guillén, explains that he is especially interested in the role of the photograph as a vector of communication in a social context and that, precisely because the traditional media have preferred to look the other way, it is important to examine all available possibilities to generate sustainable spaces that allow social interest projects to be made visible. “One of the most often heard local criticisms is that the foreign curators get carried away by the paradigms that traditionally have marked the international presence of Latin American creations and leave no room for proposals that do not fit into stereotypical and superficial approximation of the local reality,” he says in an interview with Today’s Zaman.

In order to not repeat this kind of mistake, the curator has selected photographers who are concerned with showing the changes that are occurring in their surroundings and who also reflect on the role of the image in the contemporary world and question the usual paradigms. “I have been especially careful to reflect on the stereotypes that are usually presented when approaching photography in Latin America. I have tried to present a selection that does not fall directly into the most common paradigms,” he explains.

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