Last week I was in Bogota and it was fantastic. I was there for essentially 2 days, albeit non-stop days. I'm very honored to have been invited to participate in the exhibition and to teach a workshop. Many thanks to Fotomuseo for inviting me and thanks to all who helped me out... particularly Gilma Suarez, Mauricio Hernández, Gabriela Medina, Nicolas Otero and Sylvia.
The Fotomuseo is a non-profit organization whose mission is to disseminate the important values in national and international photography to different segments of the Bogota population, by means of itinerant street exhibitions which decentralize and democratize the culture.
About FOTOGRAFICA BOGOTA 2011:
• During FOTOGRAFICA BOGOTA 2011, our fellow citizens will enjoy 45 days of exhibitions in urban landscape, galleries and museums, completed with conferences, workshops, films and more.
• A fair that gathers several of the most representative exponents of this medium, will take place at the IV international Photography Biennial, FOTOGRÁFICA BOGOTÁ 2011: TESTIMONY AND VISION – BEYOND PHOTOJOURNALISM, organized by FOTOMUSEO - Museo Nacional de la Fotografía, which will take place in Bogota from May 4th to June 15th, this year.
With Mexico as special guest along with 28 artists from 23 different countries and 16 local artists, this fair will be boosted by a week of conferences led by curators and writers from all over the world. FOTOGRAFICA also offers the academic and artistic community workshops, and a film program, which will allow them to enjoy photography and its captivating magic.
The artists invited to this event, stand out for their vocation to transform and capture features that go beyond from the evident and the expected. They come from the most diverse geographical places in the world such as Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Cuba, China, Ecuador, The United States, Spain, Estonia, France, Italy, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Poland, England, South Africa, Switzerland and Venezuela.
• Two special projects for 2011: Disparando Cámaras Cazucá (Shooting Cameras Cazuca) and Mirada a la fotografía joven (A view on new photography)
Disparando Cámaras Cazucá is led by children and adolescents who had been victims of forced displacement. They portray their everyday life through photography and reflect their dreams by creating their own imagery.
The second project is an incentive for photography students from universities involved with the Biennial: Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Universidad Externado de Colombia, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, LaSalle College International, Centro de Diseño Taller 5, UNITEC, Universidad del Rosario, and Universidad Central."
Disparando Cámaras Cazucá was incredibly powerful.
Daesy is a photographer who participated in Disparando Cámaras Cazucá.
Here's Pedro Meyer sending a photo of Martin Parr on screen, to Martin Parr, while Martin was giving a lecture, from England, via skype. Also, Pedro Meyer gave an amazing lecture. And I am saying that as a person with very limited Spanish.
Martin Parr showing a spectacular collection of Gaddafi watches.
The exhibition space I was in, Fundacion Gilberto Alzate Avendano, was in La Candelaria and the other photographers exhibiting in the building were Francesco Giusti, Juan Fernando Ospina, Martin Parr and Marco Lopez.
Does this blow you away? Here's Judith Stein! Yes! In Bogota! Philadelphia representing strong.
It was so great. It took me a second to compute that someone I knew from Philadelphia was there. Thanks for stopping at the exhibition you guys!
Here's what was happening outside the exhibition.
And then a few minutes later, here's what was happening outside the exhibition.
Mucho amor y muchas gracias.