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Visa pour and the House of Culture host the works of Ana María Arévalo and Eugène Richards

Visa pour and the House of Culture host the works of Ana María Arévalo and Eugène Richards

The exhibition rooms on the first floor and second floor of the Casa de la Cultura de Girona, INSPAI and the Visa pour l'Image Festival in Perpignan inaugurated the Visa exhibitions on July 7 at 7:00 p.m. pour l'Image Días eternos by Ana María Arévalo and An outsider by Eugène Richards.

On the one hand, the exhibition of Ana María Arévalo Gosen (Caracas, 1988), presents the Días eternos project (El Salvador and Guatemala, 2017-2022), which consists of a series of photographs about the living conditions of women in prison in Latin America. This exhibition has won several awards, including the Lumix Photo Award and the Leica Oskar Barnack Award in 2021 and the Camille Lepage Award at VISA pour l'IMAGE 2021.

The artist uses visual storytelling to defend women's rights and other social and environmental issues. Her work is the result of combining rigorous research with intimate stories, and aims to create a positive impact for long-term social change, through emotional, direct and honest storytelling. Currently, Ana María is a member of National Geographic and a member of the Ayün Fotógrafas collective.

Regarding the project An outsider by Eugène Richards it could seem like a chronological work of his professional career, from his first photographic accounts in South America in 1969 until he returned to the Arkansas delta in 2019. Some of the subjects that Richards deals with American poverty, the plight of the mentally disabled, the human cost of drugs, war, a woman's cancer, among others. At the suggestion of his son Sam, Richards began to search for the photos he had taken during this period and his own son pointed him towards an alternative way of posting and talking which is through Instagram. According to the photographer, "then, Jean-Francois called me. This is a man who doesn't care who you are, how old you are, where you're from, what your gender identity is, as long as you try to tell the truth. Their interest in my photographs, along with the tender treatment I received from Sam and my wife Janine, kept me coming back to work."

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