March 2009, Volume 13, Number 3

Cultural Spotlight

Exploring the ‘labyrinth’ of the immigrant experience

Black-and-white photo from exhibition
color photo from exhibition

The recent photo and video exhibition, Labyrinth of Glances, took immigration out of the realm of the political and into visual art territory.

Using new photographic trends, the participating artists demonstrated the power of their visual artistry, depicting the universality of the immigrant experience. Photos and video work assembled by the Cia de Foto collective of Brazil presented intimate portraits of a selection of 1,680 immigrant families living in a dilapidated 29-story apartment building in São Paolo.

Exhibition curator Claudi Carreras, an author and professor of photography at the University of Barcelona, said Labyrinth of Glances propels the tradition of documentary photography through an enormous renovation.

For Jorge Gutiérrez, director of MDC’s Art Gallery System, this project offered a “great opportunity to review the documentary perspective of photography within a diverse and ample body of work.”

Labyrinth of Glances facilitated an ongoing dialogue between photographers, intellectuals and critics. Participating artists, hailing from Latin America, Spain and Portugal, hosted conferences, panels and workshops on each stop of the exhibition’s 20-city tour.

Presented by MDC’s Art Gallery System and Centro Cultural Español, the exhibition was a project of Casa América Catalunya and Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo.

— Staff Report

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