[ISEA2017] Artist Talk: Rafael Ángel — Galleries, market places and fruit shops, as spaces for cultural expression, graphic creation and folkloric preservation

Artist Statement

Using photography as capturing and evidencing tool, the Siga Bien Pueda project has been developed since 2011, reaching an extensive body of graphic work, consisting of more than 2000 pictures from three different countries, with the purpose of describing and analyzing the galleries or market places, fruit stores and similar spaces, to identify common and differential factors, based on its aesthetic, chromatic and objective characteristics, understanding its importance for our cultural expression and folklore, as a reflection for the beliefs, activities, identity, costumes. These traditional spaces, with their fruits, vegetables, flowers, pottery, craftwork, religious American identity; each city embrace and preserve those places that survive as a picture of who we are and where we are. Presenting a selected compilation from various places in Colombia, with some complementary explorations, performed in the United States and Panama, based on a retrospective spoken format, this spoken and visual display gives an overall view to the project’s results and conclusions, offering a tour through the stories behind the most representative pictures, identifying particular element

  • Rafael Ángel, Graphic Designer, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia. Teaching researcher and director, Grupo de Investigación Visualizar, Corporación Universitaria Autónoma de Nariño Aunar, Extensión Cali, Colombia. Teacher, Instituto Nacional de Telecomunicaciones Instel, Cali. Photographer and empirical musician, with 12 years of teaching and research experience in advertising, design, arts, folklore, cultural and historical studies, and related subjects. facebook.com/rafaelangeldg