EXILES
EDEN BERNAL

Nominated for the Aperture PARIS PHOTO Photobook Award 2018

ABSENTIA

DEMOLITION

THE EYE OF THE GLACIER

EXILES

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HUÉSPED
DIEGO MORENO

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Exiles is a photobook inspired by the story of three women who, in the middle of their lives and after suffering years of violence, decided to move away from their partners and even from the whole world. The book is made up of two books that are interspersed, creating a narrative that visually constructs the work by weaving together the stories of three very different places in Mexico. The landscape and the setting create a dramatic and poetic scenario of the lives of these three women who isolated themselves from the world for different reasons, and who are the metaphor for addressing central themes of identity, gender and women's lives in Mexico. Adela barricaded herself in her room. From there she dedicated herself to letting her life disappear. Berta and Mercedes, on the other hand, left their village to settle in the middle of nature. Accompanied by their children and without any kind of service, they forged a life and a territory of their own, which today, almost 80 years old and almost alone, they refuse to abandon. Each of these women sought in exile the freedom that, because of their gender, was denied to them. This book is printed in Hydra, on laser and inkjet printers and bound by hand. This gives a special character to this book, where the materials and production make each copy unique. 
Through images and texts Diego Moreno narrates the complexity of his family history, one that is marked by disturbing cycles of domestic violence, machismo and attachment to the Catholic religion. This photobook, in the form of a family album, allows the author to construct a present to find his place in the world and to reflect more deeply on the fragility and complexity of the human condition, and the hostile time we inhabit. 

Huésped has been developed over six years, during which Diego has explored his own identity through an intense process of immersion in photography as a means of connecting with his family universe, creating and recreating scenes that allow us to enter into this complex web of relationships, at the same time as they are transformed in the photographic act itself. From the time of the Spanish Conquest, 

Chiapas has been a state in Mexico where diverse cultures coexist, where cultural and social contrasts remain in constant tension. Mexico's border with Latin America, a crossing point for undocumented migrants, the scene of the Zapatista struggle, a place inhabited by indigenous peoples who keep alive pre-Hispanic customs, the so-called "coletos", descendants of Spaniards, mestizos and foreigners, make up an extremely complex social mosaic. 

EDEN BERNAL

Mexico City, Mexico, 1981.Edén Bernal won an honourable mention at the 9th Festival de la Memoria for the documentary "Mover un Río" (2015). He participated in several festivals, including the 9th Muestra de Cine+Video Indígena (Chile), the 6th Salón Internacional de la Luz (Colombia), the 18th Festival Internacional de Cine de Guanajuato (Mexico). He was also awarded a grant from program de Coinversiones del FONCA, Mexico (2014). In 2013 he participated in the DocsDF Challenge with the short film "El Ombligo". In 2009 he received a grant from the Second Bicultural Meeting of Emerging Filmmakers to make the documentary short film "Retrato en Ausencia" (Portrait in Absence), with which he participated in various international festivals. That same year he developed and implemented the team project program de Acondicionamiento Artístico para Personas con VIH, a project funded by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation, in which he taught a cinematography workshop that generated six short films as a result. In 2012 she founded the Cineclub Callejero, a nomadic project focused on temporarily transforming public spaces into cinemas. 

MICTLÁN

MICTLÁN

Special Edition
Size: 19.2 x 23.5 cm 
Number of pages: 112 
Laser and inkjet printing 
Hand bound
Print run 80
Languages: Spanish /English
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Nominated in APERTURE PARIS PHOTOBOOK AWARD 2018

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