Archive for June, 2012

Valentina Canseco & Daniel Carvalho – Medellin al sol y al agua

June 28, 2012

Valentina Canseco is a French artist who draws. (What’s the word for that? drawer? illustrator? draughtswoman?). Anyway, she has a great show up currently in Medellin called Medellin al sol y al agua done in collaboration with Colombian urbanist Daniel Carvalho.  Canseco is showing a number of prints based on simple line-ink drawings of houses and simple street scenes in different neighborhoods around the city, covering all social classes and “stratuses” as they say here. She’s drawn to simple but idiosyncratic details of modern vernacular architecture and details of the cityscape. These are things that interest me greatly for my photography, so it’s really interesting to see how the artist evokes these elements with ink and pen.

Valentina Canseco at Centro Columbo Americano in Medellin

Valentina Canseco at Centro Columbo Americano in Medellin

Valentina Canseco at Centro Columbo Americano in Medellin

Valentina Canseco at Centro Columbo Americano in Medellin

The show is currently at the Centro Columbo Americano in downtown Medellin. They’ve also put together a great group on facebook, where they post news and invite users to submit photos of their neighborhoods. They’ve even got coffee mugs.

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Luis Carlos Tovar – Silla Rimax

June 20, 2012

I’m in Colombia now,  Medellin to be exact. I figured I should blog about Colombian artists, although truth be told, I discovered Luis Carlos Tovar’s work while I was still in Lima in March.  Tovar’s series Silla Rimax deals with those cheap, ubiquitous white plastic chairs that infest the entire world. His approach is very clever. He gently presses their forms in wet sand on the beach and then photographs the impressions. It almost looks like they excavated a new room at Pompeii and discovered that the Romans too used these cheap plastic chairs.

Luis Carlos Tovar – Silla Rimax

Luis Carlos Tovar – Silla Rimax

These photos are from the French website Photoquai, which looks interesting. They do periodic features on photographers from around the world. The name Silla Rimax, refers to the company in Colombia which makes most of these chairs.

Myriam Meloni – Genealogy of a fallen tree

June 11, 2012

Myriam Meloni is an Italian photojournalist based in Buenos Aires. We took a class together back in 2009 and would laugh at the over-the-top pronouncements of our (nevertheless, very good) professor. Since then I’ve been following her work and enjoying what I see. I recently saw that she updated her website and discovered a series I like a lot; Genealogy of a fallen tree, which looks at the effects of deforestation on the indigenous population in Argentina’s northern Chaco region.

© Myriam Meloni

© Myriam Meloni

© Myriam Meloni

© Myriam Meloni

Mariano Brizzola

June 6, 2012

Severral of my photo-friends in Buenos Aires good me hooked on this Facebook group called Solo Analogas which is Spanish for “Film Only” (roughly speaking). Through the group, I recently discovered the work of Argentine Mariano Brizzola. Working with a 35mm camera, Brizzola’s pictures have a nostalgic feel. I’m not sure you could get away with this in the US anymore, but Argentina (and even more so, Uruguay) really still looks like this.

© Mariano Brizzola

© Mariano Brizzola

© Mariano Brizzola

© Mariano Brizzola

Brizzola’s website redirects to his flickr page, which somehow seems appropriate. He eschews the modern obsession of organizing his photos into “projects”. Each one is its own, delightful, thing. Also check out this interview (in Spanish) on the Uruguayan website AKA.