The Latin American Foto Festival sheds light on the link between memory and the present

Hector Guerrero, Volcanic earth

Mexico is home to more than 3,000 volcanoes, 14 of which are regularly active. Two of them, the 12,500-meter-high Colima Volcano and the 17,800-meter-high Popocatépetl Volcano, are located along the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, a mountainous expanse in the south-central part of the country that spans over 600 miles. from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. In recent years, eruptions have forced the evacuation of thousands of people to nearby towns. But the local people won’t budge because they were born in these communities and have lived all their lives with the nearby volcanoes. Héctor Guerrero has photographed Mexico’s volcanoes, the dangers they pose, and the diversity of land and culture that surrounds them. The culmination of these images, titled Volcanic earthnot only takes us to tropical beaches, lush forests and glacial streams, but also captures the poverty and violence that threatens some local populations more than lava or ash.

Tamara Merino, isolated soul

The project of the Chilean photographer Tamara Merino penny isolatedl evokes a deep emotional state of nostalgia and deep melancholy, known in Portuguese/Brazilian as “saudade”. The term translates to the desire for something that is absent or for someone that one loves. The word became part of the daily language of the four million Africans who were captured and enslaved, the very people who today form the Afro-Brazilian community. This constant feeling of saudade is a poetic way to describe the loss of one’s homeland. It is the same propelling feeling that has kept this community alive for so many centuries, through sorrow and torture. The feeling was so strong that it marked the identity of entire generations. It has been passed down almost as if it were genetic, generation after generation, right up to the present day.

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