The interior landscapes of my island, Gran Canaria, evoke the memory of past lives. When the Castilian conquistadors appeared on this island, some aborigines of Gran Canaria, before being enslaved or surrendered, were thrown into the void at the cry of "Atis Tirma", which in its original language means "Long Live Sacred Mountain". In that way, they commended themselves to the spirits of the beyond.
AUTHOR: Marcos Rivero Mentado (Spain)
I have a degree in Art History from the ULL, an expert in Cultural Management from UC3M, curator of exhibitions and artistic photographer. I learned digital photography in a private school in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and I have received classes with artists like Antoine d'Agata, Federico Claverino and some local artists like Ricardo Motesdeoca, Lorena Morin, etc.
In January of this year, I participated in the First Meeting of Contemporary Art in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with my Project Room "Queer Ontology". In April, I exhibited an image of my project "My inner world" at the Brussels Photography Festival organized by Hangar, within the call on confinement "The World within". Last year, I carried out a project entitled "Anima Mundi", subsidized by the Government of the Canary Islands. Similarly, I obtained an award for my video performance "Masks" in the First Videperformance Program of the CAAM (Atlantic Center of Modern Art)
I had an individual exhibition entitled "Anina Mundi" at the Saro León Gallery in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in February 2020. I participated in the "Anima Mundi" Biennial organized by Its Liquid Group in Venice, November 2019. I have participated twice in the Biennial "Fotonoviembre" - Canary Islands, Tenerife, Spain- in Collective Atlantic, in 2013 with my project "Vanitas" and in 2017, with "Noli me tangere", a set of self-portraits. Also, I have participated in several groups of pinhole photography, made throughout the island of Gran Canaria. I teach classes on visual culture and self-portrait to new photographers privately and in photography schools such as Espacio La Lente. Last year I published my first story book titled "Amores Ciegos" by Editorial El Drago, with many references to photography and visual memory.
In 2016, I commissioned and participated in a collective photographic exhibition in the capital, held at the S / T Gallery, entitled "Still Life, Vanitas". Also, I exhibited at the Pinhole World Photography Day celebrated in Santa Lucía de Tirajana. , twice, 2016 and 2017. In the year 2017, I made a photographic workshop for the Refugee Center (CEAR) organized by the CAAM and the La Caixa Foundation. In October 2017, at the Faculty of Communication and Language of the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, I collaborated in a seminar called Reconciliation in Semillero "Speeches and Practices of Reconciliation", with a perfomatic photographic experience. I was a finalist in the Photography Biennial of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 2018. The last year, Monovision awarded me an honorable mention with my series on landscapes "Onmipresence".
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