SIWAH
PAOLA BRAGADO

ABSENTIA

DEMOLITION

EXILES

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YOU ARE
DIEGO MORENO

ABOUT THIS BOOK

This series is not exactly a series, but a combination of moments shared with women in different parts of the world, women who live from dance and their bodies. Women who fly in search of freedom, of their destiny, who fight close to the ground and to the movement of their bodies, in a continuous flow that makes them go around the world. A new kind of migratory bird that flies across seas and oceans before reaching the mainland; some stay on an island, perhaps in Spain, in Ibiza for an indefinite period, others travel to Reno, in the ISA, on a journey that takes them to and from Madrid, to an island that can only be called disillusionment. 

Siwah is also, or above all, the story of a vision of a woman traveller who is a migratory bird, in search of a land that no longer exists, becoming the bodies and customs of other women. In the case, women who work and half live in a clandestine Arab dance place, similar to a brothel. A meeting place. And also a luxury sex shop on an island, because, as we know, islands are good stopping points for birds on a short flight; another half hidden meeting place. In these two places, and in many others (Reno, Mexico City...) there are various encounters, encounters between people, looks, encounters of coincidences on a journey. Ways of looking, living and seeing the world and searching to know how to follow the flight of these women, photographers and dancers met at a certain moment. Just to recharge and recover, take some pictures, dance eternal dances and continue the journey that takes us to the same place: a destination inside us where only the most insensitive ones arrive.
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 reflect more deeply on the fragility and complexity of the human condition, and the hostile time in which we live. 

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 fabric of relationships, while they are transformed into the same photographic act. Since the times of the Spanish Conquest, 

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

PAOLA BRAGADO


San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, 1992.Diego Moren formally began his studies in photography at the Gimnasio de Arte, Chiapas (2012). He graduated from the Contemporary Photography Seminar at the Centro de la Imagen (2015). He attended the Diploma in Fotonarrative and New Media at the Pedro Meyer Foundation with a scholarship from the World Press Photo Association (2014). Among his most outstanding recognitions is having been selected by FOAM Amsterdam as a Young Mexican Talent (2017). Being selected as one of the Emerging Photographers to Follow in the World by The British Journal of Photography, in its Talent Issue in London, United Kingdom (2016). He has also been awarded the Acquisition Prize of the X Puebla de los Angeles Biennial (2015) and the Young Creators Scholarship of FONCA, Mexico (2015-2017). His work has been part of solo and group exhibitions in Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, India, Malaysia, Taiwan, Italy, Spain, Amsterdam, London and the United States. In addition, his work has been published in different national and international media such as Vogue Italy, The Guardian, The Sun, The British Journal Of Photography, Burn Magazine, BuzzFeed, Futureshoots, Culture Tripe, Joia Magazine, Cuartoscuro, Tierra Adentro, among others.

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Size: 22 x 18 x 2 cm 
Number of pages: 46 
Offset and inkjet printing 
Print run: 300
Language: English and Spanish
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