Two centuries ago, the area of the world now known as Latin America experienced the first concerted attempts to shed centuries of Spanish and Portuguese rule. The year 1810 marked the beginning of a process that would witness the creation of over a dozen new nations.
This year a number of cultural institutions, pan London organisations and community groups have organised activities to mark this historic anniversary. The Greater London Authority has joined with the Latin American Bicentenary Group to host a series of events to celebrate the bicentenary, and showcase the long and enduring historical and cultural links that exist between Latin America and London.
The Latin Americans in London exhibition forms part of this anniversary celebration, and features the photographs of Latin American-born, London–based photographers Julio Etchart and Alejandro Gortazar. Uruguay-born Julio Etchart arrived in the UK in the 1970s, studying Documentary Photography and Journalism at Newport Art College. He subsequently moved to London where he worked as a photojournalist for the national and international press. He has since travelled around the world covering events for newspapers, magazines and NGOs, and has won a World Press Award, First Prize, for his coverage of global environmental issues.
Julio has been documenting the social and cultural life of the London Latin American community throughout his career, and has edited an impressive set of images that span a period of thirty years, from the early 1980s till the present day.
Cuban-born Alejandro Gortazar arrived in the UK in 2009, after a well-established and extensive career in his homeland as a professional photographer. Following seven international exhibitions, he opened his studio-gallery in the unique Latin American and Caribbean indoor market in Seven Sisters, North London.
Alejandro’s previous work experience involved photographic work for magazines; the fashion industry – catwalk, studio and location photography and preparing and setting up exhibitions. His greatest passion is for photographing nature, both landscapes and wildlife. In this new series “Latin Americans in London”, Alejandro juxtaposes his Cuban influences with those found in London to show the dynamism of Latin America culture in the capital.
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