FoLa (Fototeca Latinoamericana), a space dedicated to Latin American photography, has opened its doors to two new exhibitions this month, namely Con La Luz de América Latina and Desierto, which will be on display until March 2019. Last month saw the close of the exhibition Congruencias which displayed the works of prestigious photographers Walker Evans, Jim Dow, Fernando Paillet and Guillermo Srodek-Hart in the exploration of the correlation between different cultures and generations, and the astonishing aesthetic similarity that they held, despite their political and social motivations.
Located in the heart of Palermo, the gallery is divided into three separate exhibition spaces, in a simple yet stylish old warehouse, with white-washed concrete floors and a specialized bookshop at the entrance. Tempted yet?
Con La Luz de América Latina
To try and define the whole Latin American identity in one exhibition is an impossible task, and would without doubt trigger fierce debates. Rather, Con La Luz de America Latina, a small collection of what is in fact a far larger exhibition, adopts a more territorial context, a concept deemed far more appropriate.
The works collected in this exhibition all derive from artists from that region and respond to personal investigations concerning a wide range of diverse experiences and interests. They shed light on the contemporary world that each photographer has captured, while inviting us to reassess our preconceptions of certain places and evaluate the photographs’ relationship with reality in concordance with our own views.
With photographers from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, México, Perú, Uruguay, and Venezuela, a vast number of concepts and themes are addressed, making it impossible to pinpoint a specific subject throughout the exhibition, it is less of a rounded collection which takes you on a journey from beginning to end, and more of a selected set of images which recognizes the emerging (and emerged) talent across the continent.
Desierto: Pablo Cabado
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pablo Casado’s work has been shown in both individual and collective exhibitions across the United States, France, Italy, Spain, Cuba, Mexico, and Argentina. In 1989 he received the Young Photographer of the Year Award from the International Center of Photography (New York) and has since won other awards such as the Mother Jones Documentary Award and the John Simon Guggenheim Grant in 2002.
His inquisition into Desierto, his most recent exhibit, began when he got a hold of a story in the news about the discovery of a dinosaur’s femur by a laborer on horseback in Patagonia. Tempted by these prehistoric creatures weighing more than 70 tons and inhabiting the region around 100 million years ago, Casado further explored the area and documented the province of Chubut, 200 km from the city of Trelew, between 2014-2017.
So, for the photography fanatics and art gurus among us, make sure you pay a visit to FoLa to be immersed by some of the best Latin American photography to date – but no rush – both collections will be available to view until March 7, 2019.