Alicante, Spain, May 25th 2019
In the conclusion of Fotográfica Bogotá 2019
I want to express my gratitude to the director of the National Museum of Photography of Colombia, FotoMuseo, Doña Gilma Suárez, and her wonderful team of professionals, excelling among them; Lou Delgado, Danna Montenegro, Alejandro Jiménez, who invited me and have give me the opportunity to share my artistic work, so focused on resilience, memory and health. Issues to which, normally, space or diffusion are not granted in the artistic / public discourse, despite being essential for our society.
Thanks to Ana María Galvis for the wonderful design, Marianne Pinheiro for her enormous talent and professionalism with the fast simultaneous translations and many other members and volunteers who have accompanied me, helped me and supported me every single day in my stay in Bogotá.
Also my thanks to Mr. Luis Octavio Almanza Quintero director of the Galería Casa Cuadra, a gallery that currently hosts my work and also to the other galleries, universities, and cultural centres that have hosted our work and have made possible our conferences, talks and portfolio reviews.
I must mention my great thanks especially to The Spanish Embassy that has taken over my trip and made possible my physical presence in Bogotá and that, through their representatives, Mr Álvaro Borrega de Sande, Mrs María Amado y Mrs Ángela Familiar, has been present in every occasion to the inaugural events of Fotográfica Bogotá 2019 and to the opening of the exhibition of my work. The support for the national artists by the Spanish Embassy in Bogotá is truly impressive. It has been an honor and pleasure to have received such support.
The experience has been without a doubt, a continuous enrichment, being able to know also the work of so many first level artists;
I have been able to meet the group The children of dark night, Spanish artistic collective who made the inauguration a collective creative act between Spaniards and Colombians mainly, and the other nationalities that were added under the inspiring iconography of the PEACE dove.
To the LOTIER, a very young Colombian collective that operates in the Casa Loma cultural center, whose work reflects a constant and resilient work that through photography and the work of its center inspire a young community to overcome difficulties through creativity and art. It has been an immense joy to be able to witness the work of these young people to whom I offer my support from now on and I encourage readers to offer theirs as well.
I was able to have access to the classrooms of the CREA programs led by the District Institute of the Arts, Idartes, that generates processes of social transformation through training programs in the arts and gives unlimited access to children, the young, and also adults of all conditions to the teachings in the arts. They accompany them and help in their creative development. It has been wonderful to meet their students and teachers so motivated and active.
About my dear colleagues, the other guest artists by the FotoMuseo, only highlight that are so many international talents that to do justice to their work and their personality, I should extend more than the patience of many readers would allow me, however, I invite you to visit the Museum's website and take a look to its guest artists, because, honestly, it has been an absolute pleasure to have been able to share this experience with them, enrich myself with their company, ideas, presence, and have been able to learn more about their wonderful artworks, which are a total pleasure for all the senses, the intellect and the heart.
We have to say goodbye to a vital, vibrant and exciting Bogotá that welcomed us with open arms, with continuous positive energy and generosity that is reflected in its schools, universities, galleries, museums and other cultural centres, all of them quite active and always full of young people and adults.
If I had to judge the future of Colombia for this city and my experience of these days, I would say that this strong country is going to surpass all its difficulties and position itself in a prominent place in a coming future that will prioritise creativity, talent and resilience.
It has been an honour to have been able to share this experience with so many Colombians who are hopeful, motivated, creative, talented and full of energy. An absolute pleasure that will remain in my memory for a long, long time. Thanks a lot.