Latin America: Two From 100

ALASDAIR FOSTER was invited by the Colombian website Fototazo to write about two Latin American artists of his choice for their series ‘LatAm f100’. He chose the Peruvian artist Cecelia Cecilia Paredes and Antonio Briceño from Venezuela.

Fototazo asked fifty curators, gallery owners, blog writers, photographers, academics and others actively engaged with Latin American photography to select two photographers whose work deserves recognition. The result is ‘LatAm f100’.

Alasdair  delighted to have this opportunity to write about the work of Cecilia Paredes and Antonio Briceño, both of whom demonstrate a richly empathic approach to art-making, though he found it tough to select just two artists…

“I must say, it was quite a challenge to choose just two, there are so many artists from this region that I appreciate. But I am really happy with this choice and heartened to see many other artists I admire in the wider Fototazo project. LatAm f100 is a valuable resource for anyone wanting to learn more about photo-media art in Latin America.”

“THE ‘LANDSCAPES’ of the Peruvian artist Cecilia Paredes draw on and articulate this interior experience. Her body lies camouflaged amid the ornate designs of chintz and wallpaper like a fugitive being in a prehistoric jungle.”

Cecilia Paredes was born in Lima, Peru in 1950. She studied Fine Art at the Catholic University of Lima and later went on to study at Cambridge Arts and Crafts School in England. Her work has been widely exhibited in museums and public galleries in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

“IT IS, THEN, A BRAVE ARTIST who seeks to engage the fluid nature of sex, gender and sexuality in cultures beyond the mores and strictures of the industrialised west, let alone represent them visually. But the Venezuelan artist, Antonio Briceño, is just such a person.”

Antonio Briceño was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1966. He graduated from the Central University of Venezuela in biology, and subsequently received a Master’s Degree in Digital Arts from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, ​​Spain. He has worked as an artist since 1987, exhibiting and publishing worldwide.


You can read both articles here:


LAUNCHED IN 2011, Fototazo is published by Tom Griggs. Initially, it operated a micro-grant program that primarily raised funds to purchase equipment for young, emerging Colombian photographers from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who have demonstrated a high level of artistic ability and commitment. Beginning in 2018, it transitioned to a micro-grant program focused on offering workshops and photography-oriented travel experiences for groups of young, emerging photographers from Medellín, Colombia. Fototazo is a 501(c)3 non-profit organisation.

LatAm f100 is a collaboration between Fototazo and the photographer and educator Jaime Permuth.


Images:
Upper: © Cecilia Paredes ‘Eve’ 2018
Lower: © Antonio Briceño ‘On the Water’ from the series ‘Equinoctial Love’
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  • The majority of the texts on this site are by Alasdair Foster and represent his opinions. However, in order to facilitate a useful diversity of views, some texts have been invited from artists and colleagues around the world, while others appear as independent comments. These opinions and comments are not necessarily those of Alasdair Foster or Cultural Development Consulting (CDC). All data and information on this site is provided on an as-is basis. While every effort is made to be as thorough as possible, neither Alasdair Foster nor CDC make representations as to accuracy, completeness, currency, suitability or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions or delays in this information or any losses, injuries or damages arising from its display or use.
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