London’s Latin Quarter is Here!

Our Latin Quarter Workshop on 19 November gathered Latin American retailers and organisations from Elephant and Castle with representatives from Southwark Council, Delancey and Lend Lease to discuss ideas about how Elephant and Castle can continue to be a Latin quarter after the regeneration process.

Bola 8 and Distriandina business owner discussing the future of Elephant and Castle

Using as starting point the fact that Elephant and Castle already is a Latin Quarter, the workshop explored ideas so that the Latin Quarter is not lost as a result of the regeneration process and transcend from the Latin American community to attract tourists and British customers.

For more information:

http://latinelephant.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/londons-latin-quarter-is-here/

Have you ever admired anyone and wished to meet them?

Have you ever admired anyone and wished to meet them?

From my childhood and as a photographer now, I have been inspired by Steve Mac Curry images which capture beautifully human's souls and spirits. What an honour to have met Steve Mac Curry for the second time and receive the printed copy of the portrait he took of me a while back,  signed by him + a copy of the book. 

©Thierry Bal/People & Places/Futurecity Southbank Tower Proejct

©Thierry Bal/People & Places/Futurecity Southbank Tower Proejct

Steve McCurry was commissioned to document the creative people and places of London’s South Bank area and I was part of them. 

http://futurecity.co.uk/portfolio/people-places/

People & Places Steve Mac Curry and Magnum exhibition is open to the public at the Southbank Tower until 27th Septembre 2014. 

People & Places Steve Mac Curry and Magnum exhibition is open to the public at the Southbank Tower until 27th Septembre 2014. 

Exhibition of " Echos de Uvero Alto" in the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo, part of Photoimagen RD Biennale , " Mareas y Resaca" Group show.

As Roland Barthes said in Camera Lucida, : "The photograph does not necessarily say what is no longer, but only and for certain what has been" (85). 

In 2001, I crossed the Atlantic ocean for the first time to discover the Caribbean. Left the West for the East. From the waves of time Uvero Alto and smiles of the Dominican people have inspired me to document every moment moment until today. I have traveled and lived in the batey of Uvero Alto, which does longer exists except in the memories of its inhabitants and in the captured images.  

Uvero Alto Beach- ©IngridGuyon- Hand printed using acrylic lift.

 "I have No where to go" resonated in the empty village after the 30th March 2007. Uvero Alto disappeared from the map as a village but appeared on the tourist map.

Walking along the seashore with children playing beside me ,picking up shells as a souvenir to bring to Europe. Shells, the symbol of the sea, carry sounds, silence and memories. They carry the stories of a people.

Inspired by the archive of my grand father form 1935, I have developed an interest for processes and reproduction in alternative image printing and processes  beyond digital. Losing and rediscovering pictures is part of my practice.My files of Uvero Alto have been destroyed , lost and recreated in parts , like the families who used to live in this quiet beach. Digging through hundreds of pictures of the daily life of the people through contact sheets, scanned photos, scanned digital photos, original negatives or digital files.

Hand printed using acrylic lift.©Ingridguyon

Hand printed using acrylic lift.©Ingridguyon

I decided to print those photos in the objects found in the Alto Uvero such shells, stones and sand, to connect the past with the present, the West co the East, to revive the immortals to those moments, to celebrate forgotten people. 

According to (AGFE 2005) Impacts of tourism, although positive coastal rural communities in the Dominican Republic, leave serious threat in the coastal zone due to privatization and the closure of the main access roads to the beaches and sea journeys creating refugees and increasing tourism.

Honoured to have been photographed by Steve Mc Curry!

As part of the Southbank Tower project, I have been selected to be photographed to represent some of the artists for the Southbank area. Exhibition to be held in London in Septembre. http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=SearchResult&ALID=2K1HRGBQPMJ7

Latin Americans’ official recognition in Lambeth

On the 10th of April 2014  ,  the official recognition of the Latin American community  celebrated in the Town Hall of Lambeth, London. -   Lambeth is a borough located in south London, in which 14% of Latin Americans live.    The Coalition of Latin Americans in the UK, otherwise known as CLAUK was founded in 2011 as a coalition of 11 organisations that represent or work for the Latin American community.  Some of these organisations include: the Latin American school of Artistic and Cultural Education (Esforal), the Indoamerican Refugee Migrant Organisation (IRMO), the Ecuadorian Movement in the UK (MERU), Latin American House, the Latin American Disabled People’s Project (LADPP), the Latin American Women’s Aid (LAWA), the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (Lawrs), the Latin Support Group (LSP), Naz Latin, Ecuadorian House and the Telephone of Hope UK.  These organisations have come together to develop campaigns with the aim of achieving official recognition of the Latin American community as an ethnic minority in the UK.   -   "Latin Americans have been making their home in Lambeth for some time, building communities and contributing to the borough. As a cooperative council, we want to work closely with all our communities to understand their needs and support them in achieving their aspiration"   Cllor. Lorna Campbell.

On the 10th of April 2014 the official recognition of the Latin American community  celebrated in the Town Hall of Lambeth, London. - Lambeth is a borough located in south London, in which 14% of Latin Americans live. 

The Coalition of Latin Americans in the UK, otherwise known as CLAUK was founded in 2011 as a coalition of 11 organisations that represent or work for the Latin American community.

Some of these organisations include: the Latin American school of Artistic and Cultural Education (Esforal), the Indoamerican Refugee Migrant Organisation (IRMO), the Ecuadorian Movement in the UK (MERU), Latin American House, the Latin American Disabled People’s Project (LADPP), the Latin American Women’s Aid (LAWA), the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (Lawrs), the Latin Support Group (LSP), Naz Latin, Ecuadorian House and the Telephone of Hope UK.

These organisations have come together to develop campaigns with the aim of achieving official recognition of the Latin American community as an ethnic minority in the UK.

- "Latin Americans have been making their home in Lambeth for some time, building communities and contributing to the borough. As a cooperative council, we want to work closely with all our communities to understand their needs and support them in achieving their aspiration" Cllor. Lorna Campbell.

My portrait exhibited at Oxford House in Bethnal Green !

Thank you Luis Martinez Arnal and Maria González and Lon-art.org for making me famous! First portrait taken and exhibited!

And thanks Luis for offering some prints.Very kind of you. Great project, great exhibition. If you have missed it, still time to go on Monday at Oxford House  : http://lon-art.org/el-salon-de-los-rechazados-espanoles. 

From the project " Fighters, ( We are all)".

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Luis Arnal exhibition " Fighter"
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