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Beatriz Gonzalez: the Colombian Pop Art history painter

Beatriz González is a painter, sculptor and art historian who is lauded as one of the first modern Colombian artists. Her work undeniably has the same energy as Pop Art, questioning the divides between high and low art by taking inspiration from tabloid articles, recreating European classical paintings with an eccentric colour palette, and using […]

Gam̈a͇ puts a microscope to the sounds of Brazil

Gam̈a͇ is an artist and musician who melds the sounds of Brazil’s cities and natural landscapes to create unique electronic albums. BristoLatino’s Rebecca Wilson reports. Gama is a multidisciplinary Brazilian artist from a metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro. The artist’s androgynous name avoids definition and allows them to play with gender, “although this wasn’t […]

This month we’re reading….The Book of Emma Reyes

Every month, we tell you which Latin American writings we are reading. Taking many different forms and featuring writers stretching the whole of the South, Central and North America, we bring to you a wide selection of the modern works that are stirring literary interests. This month, Theatre Editor Helen Brown is taken with Emma Reyes’ autobiographical […]

Ana Carolina Fernandes gives a voice to the voiceless

Ana Carolina Fernandes has a truly unique, sublime ability to capture the bare and brutal core of what she documents; be it at protests, in favelas, or in transvestite communities. On a breezy Thursday morning, over coffee, Isaac Norris had the pleasure to chat with Ana, an acclaimed Brazilian photographer from Rio de Janeiro who spoke […]

Héctor Álvarez snapshots familiar, foreign and fictional environments

Héctor Álvarez has been a photographer for 10 years, studying Still Photography at the SICA in Argentina and Direction of Photography in the National School of Cinema in his native Colombia and proceeding to work on several films, short films and television series as a still photographer as well as working as Director of Photography […]

Revolutionising Brazilian design from the periphery

Adélia Borges is a Brazilian journalist, curator and lecturer, who specialises in design. She celebrates initiatives that capture the social meaning of design, and appreciate and represent the broader scope of Brazilian society. Borges encourages uniting traditional Brazilian craftsmen with professional designers, marrying artisanship with mass production and spreading economic benefit from the cities to […]

Doris Salcedo’s ‘Palimpsesto’: an eerie installation rooted in Spain’s colonial past

Manon Kidney and Isabel Goodman cover Doris Salcedo’s latest exhibition, ‘Palimpsesto’: a site-specific installation that follows Madrid’s hauntingly beautiful Palacio de Cristal back to its role in Spain’s colonial past.  Hidden in the depths of Madrid’s biggest green space Parque del Retiro, the Palacio de Cristal looks like the sort of place you’d want to host your […]

Juan De la Cruz’s photography captures the spirit of Mexico

BristoLatino’s Helen Brown talks festivals, life experience and spirituality in photography with Juan De La Cruz, award-winning Mexican photographer. Juan De la Cruz is a photographer living in Veracruz, Mexico, who gained recognition as one of the six winners of the Latin American Fotografía award. His submission was part of a project called ‘The Labyrinth’, which explored […]

The many faces of street art in Buenos Aires

Megan Macnaughton, Spanish and History of Art student at Bristol Uni, talks us through public space and street art in Argentina’s capital city. Coming from Banksy’s hometown where the assimilation of street art with vandalism is common, my exploration of Buenos Aires’ scene came as quite an enjoyable surprise. In the Argentine capital, the idea […]