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Collective Isolation in Latin America

Documenting the Impact of COVID-19 through Photography

Photo credit: (Detail of) José Falconi, from “THE SCATTERED SHELTER” series, Los Angeles 2010 

Curatorial View

The exhibition Documenting the Impact of Covid-19 through Photography: Collective Isolation in Latin America aims to create a critical visual record of our unprecedented times. 2020 will be remembered as a watershed year in which a pandemic laid bare the inequalities and fissures within our society. It has also underscored the importance of living and participating in communities even while experiencing the pandemic in isolation. This exhibition contributes to the documentation of these breathtaking times so they can be remembered by future generations. In addition, through this curated selection of photography from Latin America and the Caribbean, the exhibition seeks to promote a regional perspective of the collective isolation imposed by Covid-19.

The exhibition curated in collaboration with ReVista and the Art, Culture, and Film program at Harvard David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) is based on an Open Call for Photography launched in July 2020. A jury of five Harvard-affiliated scholars, curators and artists (*) reviewed all submissions and selected three winning prizes that are presented at the top of our Photo Gallery. The rest of the DRCLAS-selected submissions are listed in alphabetical order. To view titles and larger-size images click on each photograph to access the pop-up gallery view.

June Carolyn Erlick. Editor-in-Chief, ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America
Marcela V. Ramos. Art, Film, and Culture Program Manager for Cambridge and Overseas Offices.

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(*) Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums | Pablo Corral Vega, Photojournalist, 2011 Harvard Nieman Fellow | Alfredo Jaar, Artist, Associate at the Harvard GSD Art and the Public Domain Program | João Kulcsar, Photographer, 2002-03 Fulbright Scholar, Harvard Graduate School of Education | Susan Meiselas, Photographer, 2018-19 Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellow and 2011 Harvard Art Medal recipient.

Photo Gallery

First Place: Rodrigo Abd
Perú, Lima

7 Images | Visit Photographer’s Instagram and Website 

Second Place: Miguel Tovar
México, Ciudad de México

1 Image | Visit Photographer’s Website and  Instagram

Third Place (Tie): Yan Boechat
Brazil, Manaus

1 Image | Visit Photographer’s Instagram and Website

Third Place (Tie): Gui Christ
Brazil, São Paulo

7 Images | Visit Photographer’s Instagram and Website

Luis Acosta Castro
Panamá, Panama City

3 Images | Visit Photographer’s Instagram

Marisa Arce Zencich
Argentina, Córdoba

6 Images | Visit Photographer’s Instagram

Juan Carlos
El Salvador, San Salvador

7 Images | Visit Photographer’s website

Cindy Catoni
Colombia, Bogotá

7 Images | Visit Photographer’s Website

Jonathan Chaparro
Colombia, Bogotá

7 Images | Visit Photographer’s Website

David Estrada Rodríguez
Cuba, La Habana

7 Images | Visit Photographer’s Instagram

 Alessandro Falco
Brazil, Amazon

DRCLAS Honorary Mention | 2 Images | Visit Photographer’s Website

 

Marco Garro
Perú, Lima

1 Image | Visit Photographer’s Website

 

Andrea Hernández Briceño
Venezuela, Caracas

7 Images | Visit Photographer’s Website

 

Lisette Lemus
El Salvador, San Salvador

1 Image | Visit Photographer’s Instagram

Cristián Leyva
Mexico, San Miguel Xico

2 Images | Visit Photographer’s Instagram

Luca Meola
Brazil, São Paulo

5 Images | Visit Photographer’s Website

 

Carlos Navarrete
Chile, Santiago

4 Images | Visit photographer’s Instagram

 

Christopher Rogel Blanquet
Mexico, Valle de Chalco

1 Image | Visit Photographer’s Instagram

 

Nicoló Filippo Rosso
Colombia, Sibundoy Valley

DRCLAS Honorary Mention | 7 Images | Visit Photographer’s Instagram

 

Apolo Sales
Brazil, São Paulo

5 Images | Visit Photographer’s Instagram

 

Claudio Santana
Chile, Santiago

1 Image | Visit Photographer’s Instagram

 

Werther Santana
Brazil, São Paulo

7 Images | Visit Photographer’s Instagram

 

Aaron Sosa
Uruguay, Montevideo

7 Images | Visit Photographer’s Website

 

 

Emi Takahashi
Brazil, São Paulo

DRCLAS Honorary Mention | 1 Image | Visit Photographer’s  Instagram

 

Laura Vásquez Saturno
Colombia, Bogotá

7 Images | Visit Photographer’s Instagram

 

Luis Weinstein
Chile, Santiago

5 Images | Visit Photographer’s Website