LUCIA
SANTIAGO ESCOBAR JARAMILLO

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THE EYE OF THE GLACIER

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HUÉSPED
DIEGO MORENO

ABOUT THIS BOOK

The accomplice witness has been silent for decades, resigned to obscurity and oblivion. The times it has been brought to light it has been to give it a breath of fresh air, to play at what time has taken away or to recall those times when everything was yet to come, when beauty was youth itself. Olga, she wore her gala dress. She wore her youth, she wore her gaze. Now, the echoes of the past are running the veil of the mirror where the dress once looked...the glass is dark.

"The photobook reflects on the canons of beauty, the passage of time, cultural changes, beauty pageants and the use of the photographic archive. From an album preserved with newspaper clippings and photos of my mother (who was a beauty queen in 1973), I re-photograph, modify and intervene the images with her jewellery and objects as a metaphor that retouches the past. The album is complemented with present-day photographs that show the wear and tear on the body, the dress and the objects. 

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. 

SANTIAGO ESCOBAR JARAMILLO

Architect of the National University of Colombia; Master (merits) in Photography and Urban Cultures, Goldsmiths College-University of London, with projects in Africa, Asia, South America, Europe and USA; recognitions and participation in numerous exhibitions, such as: 42 Salón Nacional de Artistas; Fototeca de Cuba; in festivals and meetings in Istanbul, Venice, Lima, Oaxaca, Montevideo, El Salvador, Paraty, San José, Santiago de Querétaro and Fotográfica Bogotá 2011. Speaker for TEDxCESA and at Harvard and MIT universities with his project "COLOMBIA, tierra de luz". He has published several books such as the self-published "Elefante Blanco". Honourable Mention in the FUTURA Felifa Award, Fola/Turma Author Photobook Fair, Buenos Aires. Finalist Cosmos PDF Award, Arles, Fiebre Photobook Award, Madrid and 4 Review of the Vienna Photobook Fair. Incubadora de Fotolibros, Hydra, Mexico and Feria do Livro de Lisboa 2017. Lecturer, jury, teacher and workshop leader for National Geographic Student Expeditions, Fujifilm, UNHCR-UN, Don Bosco-Camboya, Banco de la República and Zona Cinco. Member of the Urban Photographers Association in London, and X-Photographer for FUJIFILM Colombia.


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Size: 17 x 23 cm 
Number of pages: 88 
Offset and inkjet printing 
Print run on demand
Languages: Spanish and English 
Special Finishes: Gold screen (transfer) on white tape

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