I know at a glance, Step Gallery, February 2015

June 21, 2019

My MFA thesis show took place at Step Gallery in Phoenix in the spring of 2015. The body of work I showed is called I know at a glance and deals with my gay identity and my encounters with and responses to photographic modernism. A few months after the show I was interviewed by  Mikey Estes for the Phoenix New Times and we talked more about the ideas in and behind this work (here’s a link to Mikey’s website). Here are some installation shots from the show.

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Maravilla del Mundo at Bufeo, April 2016

June 21, 2019

My first solo show in Perú was in Callao at the Galeria Bufeo, a no longer active gallery specializing in Amazonian art. The gallery was housed in an old building in the historic section of the port city. The adobe interior was substantially degraded and I felt like there was an interesting dialog between the walls of the space and the content of the photographs. The show was curated by Christian Bendayán and the wall text was hand-painted by Paulo Sierrah, who has since become a well-known street muralist.


Everything that Sounds in the Forest, August 2018

June 21, 2019

Curated by Gabriela Germaná and Christian Bendayán, Everything that Sounds in the Forest was shown at the Pensacola Museum of Art in Florida. The show presented various contemporary artists making work in the Peruvian Amazon across different media. I was honored to participate with several photos from my series Maravilla del Mundo.

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Maravilla del Mundo at FoLa, July 2018

June 21, 2019

A solo show of my work from Iquitos, Peru was presented at FoLa (Fototeca Latinoamericana) in Buenos Aires, Argentina in July 2018. The show presented 18 photos from my series Maravilla del Mundo and was curated by Pablo Cabado. In a side hallway were recent photos from Juliaca.


En El Pais de las Amazonas, May 2017

June 21, 2019

Here are some installation shots of the exhibit, “En el país de las Amazonas, 150 años de fotografía” which was curated by Christian Bendayán and Manuel Cornejo. The show was at the Centro Cultural Británico in Miraflores, Lima, Peru and later at their branch in San Juan Lurigancho. Bringing together over 80 artists, the show presented a retrospective of 150 years of photography in and about the Peruvian Amazon. It was a huge honor to be in this show with several of my portraits from Iquitos.

Along with the show there was a beautiful catalog produced that might still available in Lima. I was not able to attend the show and these photos are from Christian Bendayán’s Facebook post at the time along with a couple of photos by my friend Jheinser who attended the show and took these snapshots despite the silly ban on photos.

Also here’s an article from El Pais, in Spanish, talking about the show.


I’m back?

June 21, 2019

Well, it looks like moving to Tumblr was a bad idea. They deleted like half my posts, including a lot of installation shots. Grrr! I’m thinking I can post installation shots here. It’s 2019. Blogging is back!


One more thing

January 9, 2014

I also have a tumblr, Lockecito, where I’m posting other peoples’ photos.


Last Post!

January 7, 2014

These days I’m mostly using tumblr, so please update your RSS feeds. 

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I’ll keep this blog around as an archive since I think there’s some cool stuff on here.


Adrián Portugal & Asunción ‘Ashuco’ Araujo – Las Vírgenes de la Cumbia

September 12, 2013
Adrián Portugal & Asunción 'Ashuco' Araujo

Adrián Portugal & Asunción ‘Ashuco’ Araujo

Adrián Portugal & Asunción 'Ashuco' Araujo

Adrián Portugal & Asunción ‘Ashuco’ Araujo

Adrián Portugal & Asunción 'Ashuco' Araujo

Adrián Portugal & Asunción ‘Ashuco’ Araujo

Adrián Portugal & Asunción 'Ashuco' Araujo

Adrián Portugal & Asunción ‘Ashuco’ Araujo

Vice Magazine recently featured on their website several photographs from a collaborative body of worked called Las Vírgenes de la Cumbia by photographer Adrián Portugal and the painter Ashuco. It features photographs of young female dancers who are a common feature of cumbia concerts in Peru that have then been painted over with florescent paint. This work was featured in the exhibit Selva Virgen Salvaje y Sensual that was shown last year in Lima. I’m glad to see some of these works online as I wasn’t able to see the show.

I’m not usually a fan of painted-on photographs but I think the technique here works with the subject matter of the pictures. Ashuco is a local painter from Iquitos who generally works with florescent paint which is commonly used in the decoration of bars and discos in Iquitos. Interestlingly, last year I came across another project involving a photographer and a local painter from the jungle region of Peru that also involves painted-on photographs, Cura Loca by Stephane Moiroux and Paolo Del Aguila Sajami.


Camilo Echavarria – Paisajes Ilustrados

September 5, 2013

Camilo Echavarria - Paisajes Ilustrados

Camilo Echavarria – Paisajes Ilustrados

Camilo Echavarria - Paisajes Ilustrados

Camilo Echavarria – Paisajes Ilustrados

Camilo Echavarria - Paisajes Ilustrados

Camilo Echavarria – Paisajes Ilustrados

Last year while traveling in Colombia, I was on a bus going from Medellin to Bogota a journey which like many in Colombia, seems short distance map-wise but turns out to be an all-day journey on twisting roads over a dense mountain landscape. As we ascended out of the Magdalena river valley the twin volcanos of Nevado Ruiz and Nevado Tolima were visible to the west. It seemed amazing that my eyes could be beholding 17,000 vertical feet in one scene, but there it was.

Camilo Echavarria’s series Paisajes Ilustrados (illustrated landscapes) documents the bewildering variety , complexity and sheer beauty of Colombia’s landscape. It also interrogates the idea landscape being a human construction both in terms of our modifications of the landscape but in also how we choose to represent it (I’m paraphrasing from the artist’s statement). I stared at the first image a good long time entranced, not realizing the impossibility of the view.  Echavarria subtly composites some, but not all, of the photographs to create views of (literally) impossible beauty, leading the viewer to question the idea of landscape itself.