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ABOUT CHANGE in Latin America and the Caribean

EL CAMBIO en América Latina y el Caribe

BETTINA VAZ GUIMARÃES MORAES Brazil, Born 1961 www.vazguimaraes.com.br Bettina@vazguimaraes.com.br

Born and raised in São Paulo, Bettina Vaz Guimarães had her first solo exhibition in 2003 at Casa de Cultura de Ribeirão Preto [Ribeirão Preto Cultural Center] in São Paulo. Her works have been shown in different venues across Brazil, including the Casa da Cultura da América Latina [Latin America Culture House] in Brasilia; the Programa de Exposições Espaços FUNARTE de Artes Visuais [National Arts Foundation Visual Arts Exhibition Program], in São Paulo; and the Espaço Furnas Cultural [Furnas Cultural Space] in Rio de Janeiro.

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Sem título/Untitled, 2010 Acrylic on canvas 106 x 138 cm 41 3/4 x 54 1/4 in

In her work, Vaz Guimarães amplifies the voice of daily experience by creating objects of intense presence that reaffirm their right to exist through the vibrancy of an intense color palette or through the sheer monumentality of their size. This vitality is also expressed by means of a technique, which she calls “collage,” that consists of adding or removing layers and planes, visually as well as materially, in her compositions. Thus she expresses her view of society as a series of ever changing situations that demand a high level of understanding of the mechanisms and relations that constitute our life. This view is lucid but in no way somber. She looks at the “chaos, excess, wasteful practices, indifference, conflict, and anarchy” of contemporary urban life, moved by a sense of joy and an inexhaustible thirst for exploring the intrinsic poetic quality of common objects. Her paintings are a triumphant celebration of the beauty of daily experience. | F.R.

DIEGO VELAZCO Los últimos cines II / The Last Cinemas II, 2000 Black and white photograph (6 x 6 cm film) 70 x 70 cm 27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in

Diego Velazco is an Uruguayan photographer with more than 20 years of experience. He has shown his works in international exhibitions, such as Photo Plus New York City and Photo Paris, and has received national and international awards in fine arts and in photojournalism. His works are part of public and private collections in Argentina, Uruguay, Holland, England, and the United States. Velazco’s artistic production is based on traditional photographic work, using 120 mm film to avoid altering reality, which he says “is in itself astonishing.” His works are typically either 6 x 6 cm squares or 6 x 12 cm panoramas. He is obviously interested in recording different aspects of contemporary life and culture, some of them related to the changes brought about by the technological

Uruguay, Born 1967 www.diegovelazco.com dvelazco@adinet.com.uy

revolution. In his photographic series entitled Los últimos cines [The Last Cinemas], Velazco explores the transformation of movie theaters from the traditional large room with a film projector to smaller rooms with digital equipment in which the “the magic moment of living the movie” gives way to a trivialized sharing of a mere consumer product. | A.O.

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About Change in Latin America and the Caribbean.  

Catalogo de la muestra "El Cambio", organizada por el Banco Mundial y realizada en Washington DC. | Catalogue of the exhibition "The Change"...

About Change in Latin America and the Caribbean.  

Catalogo de la muestra "El Cambio", organizada por el Banco Mundial y realizada en Washington DC. | Catalogue of the exhibition "The Change"...

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