25th – 28th June Stirrup Gallery , Addison Rd Community Centre
Opening Night Thursday 25th June 7pm
Featuring local and international photographers and artists highlighting the impact of environmental changes on Indigenous and traditional communities from the fringes of Latin America. All works will be available for sale, with live performances, drinks and traditional food available.
2015 Exhibiting Artists
Rodrigo Llauro – Chiaraje: Blood into the Earth
“Each year, a battle takes place on the Chiaraje peaks in Peru. Men sling rocks in a symbolic fight for the mountains. Deaths are considered an offering to the Pachamama, the mother earth”.
Photo Journalist, Rodrigo Llauro has had the unique opportunity of experiencing different lifestyles and societies first hand. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he has then traveled extensively, with projects in the Balkans, North America, South America and Asia. As a photographer, he focuses on people, subcultures and unique traditions with the intention of protecting cultural diversity from the homogenization of globalization. He has been nominated for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass and his works have been displayed in several exhibitions. He currently works as a freelance documentary photographer based out of Sydney and Buenos Aires. http://www.rodrigollauro.com
Katherine Gailer – AKASHA
“Bringing people back in touch with their essential human spirit are necessary pathways for changing our present relationship to the enviroment, technology and the world itself”.
Katherine Gailer is Colombian artist currently based in Melbourne Australia; she studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT University and recently completed an Arts Management Master’s degree. Her colorful and visionary oil paintings and drawings express ideas of change and transformation and explore the complexities inherent in the search for spiritual and cultural identity. Gailer draws on her diverse background to combine elements of sacred geometry, mythology, animals, and the spiritual realm, and pave the way for the development of a new archetypal imagery, steeped in primal feelings and strongly rooted in the connection that exists between humans and nature. http://www.katherinegailer.com/
Maria Prada – Seemingly Beautiful
Maria Prada is a Sydney-based Colombian born photographer whose interest lies in documenting the beauty and mystery in the ‘everyday’. Taken over a ten year period, Prada takes us through her travels around the world, where she has aimed to capture the essence of human emotion and the beauty of the seemingly ordinary. She documents human struggle, the universal strength to endure and the resilience to keep trying.
Jorge Aparicio (Fito) – Faces of my Land an Incentive to preserve the Quechua Language for a new generation. What is Fito’s intention with the project ‘ Faces of My Land’? To capture photographically the faces, lifestyles and landscapes of a dying race of people; the elderly people who remain direct descendants of the Incas, living a subsistence lifestyle such as their forefathers lived since time immemorial. They reside in the tough mountain climbs of Cusco in Peru and its surrounds, right up to the heights of Machupichu. These people are in the minority in a culture that has its roots in the distant past with the Inca civilization. This includes the last speakers of the language ‘Quechua’ which is based on the ancient Inca language. These elderly folk never learned to speak Spanish, nor took on the introduced ways of the various ‘ new comers’ to Peru.
Guillermo Rossi – Surviving the Amazon
Guillermo is a co-creator of Cinema Social Club – a travelling cinema project that went through South America with the aim to provide access to entertainment, education, and ideas through the form of cinema to people, groups, and communities who normally do not have opportunity to access world cinema. Along the way, he met many great people who shared their connections to pachamama with him. What he learnt from these people and their relationships with nature has made a significant impact on how he now sees the natural world. Through this series, Guillermo explores how Indigenous and traditional livelihoods are changing, and surviving, in one of the world’s most significant natural systems, the Amazon. www.guillermorossi.com
Monica Buscarino & Tessa Tran – Natural Photo Booth Installation “Roots”
Monica is a Sydney based, Italian Photographer, suspended between two worlds: she grew up in the cold weather of the north of the country, but her roots, her passion and her family belongs to the warm lands of Sicily. The whole process of shooting with film feeds her desire of images. It’s the wait before the result. It’s the pleasure of playing with fantasy and imagining how the picture is going to look like. It’s the suspense between the click and the print. It’s the invisible thread of time that links her to photographers of the past. The result is always surprising, just as life.http://monicabuscarino.com. Tessa Tran is a freelancer, Sydney based photographer with a heart-driven desire to tell stories. “Photography helps me to express myself and the love that I see moving both gently and ferociously in this beautiful world. I have keen eyes for not just the big displays of affection but also the subtle ways love reveals itself. It’s the in-between things, don’t you think?” http://www.breathinglight.com.au/
Opening Night performances
Daniela Soledad Blazquez
“When you embrace your inner dancer everything is possible as you are able to dance through change and challenge which are the permanent conditions of this reality, and so you allow them to become natural transformations, no drama no chaos just peaceful effortless elegant transformations”
Daniela’s performances are an invitation to dance through this life recognizing the caring human being within each of us and to learn how to listen to ourselves in order to be truly happy. Together with her family they run a Charity named Manos Healing Centre which supports advanced/ forward medicine and education (Sintergetica and pedagooogia 3000) providing healing services and heart connected education to the communities through volunteer work.
“She walks a path of wild nature, entangled luscious ferns and vines…”
Olivia is a Sydney-based singer-songwriter with a strong soulful voice that evokes the power of the mother goddess, Pachamama, the spirit of the Earth. Her warm resonant tones and lyrical melodies weave listeners back into the tapestry of nature. With songs inspired by her travels, studies in sound healing and meditation, and her unmistakable love for nature, she crafts a unique sound that is hauntingly beautiful, full of emotion and passionate expression.Olivia also works as a sound healer for HeartDancers, a non-profit charity bringing yoga, sound and dance to disadvantaged communities in Sydney. https://www.facebook.com/oliviaroseberymusic
International mining company Cameco are conducting Uranium exploration in Kintyre, a remote part of the Western Desert in Western Australia. The traditional owners of the land, the Martu are currently in negotiation with Cameco over the future of their traditional country and are torn over issues of environmental conservation and financial prosperity. In 2011, Cameco arranged for a delegation of Martu community elders to travel to an established uranium mine at Rabbit Lake in Canada, which is situated in 1st Nation territory. A cultural exchange occurs between the 1st Nation and the Martu and as many questions as answers are sparked from the trip to Rabbit Lake.
The Pachamama Festival is only possible through the support of the Addison Road Community Centre.