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Photobooks from Latin America

Photobooks from Latin America

13 - 23.06.2024
Art_Inkubator, Tymienieckiego 3
13.06, 19:00-22:00 (last entry at 21:30)
Fri-Sun 10:00–20:00 (last entry at 21:30)
Mon-Thu 14:00–20.00 (last entry at 19:30)
pass PLN 50, normal/regular ticket PLN 30/10, free admission for children under 12 and guardian with a group of over 10 children

The exhibition titled Photobooks from Latin America offers a complete panorama of the graphic and editorial photobook production in the region in the last four years. 


Among the great variety of the existing formats, this exhibition wants to pay tribute to the book creators who have been able to overcome all difficulties in order to propose several Latin American ways of making books and some publications by Latin American photographers made in Europe. This exhibition shows how, while maintaining their uniqueness, the inventive and recursive photobook makers in the region tell us that there is not a singular way of editing, designing and printing photobooks, but that there are certain formats which can give more relevance to the visual story. 

In the exhibition, the viewers will recognize some common and specific traits in the Latin American way of making books as they compare them with a few European editions. Saying that a photobook is Latin American means that it has been either designed or edited in the region, that it tells a story from the region or it has been published abroad but identified as a book from a Latin American author. This is why, even with foreign editions it is possible to consider that a book published abroad represents all the characteristics of a Latin American photobook both in its format and content.

Besides, Latin American Photobooks are not always published for a local photographic community. Some books have specifically been made for communities that do not belong to the arts world. In other cases, the photobook activates public and private archives to tell stories that go beyond the intimate universe of the photographers to create collective stories shared by wider audiences. Most of these books tell stories of personal memory, migration, identity and social transformations.

To give a complete panorama of the photobook editing practice in region, Photobooks from Latin America features a selection of over 50 photobooks from more than ten Latin American countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela) out of a 100 photobooks source; all the books come from countries where the photobook format has become a common medium for a great number of photographers and the publishing activity is becoming stronger. 

The books on display show how book creators have managed to overcome the difficulties related to the scarcity of materials, use the limited resources available, and the narrow number of readers interested in this medium in order to propose books that could not have been made twenty years ago.

On this specific occasion, the exhibition focuses on six books that have stood out the most for their editorial format, design and narrative structure or the context of their manufacture. 

The visitor who enters the exhibition learns about the challenge of building a complex and diverse visual cartography of Latin American photobooks through its most recent productions. 


Curator: Laura Carbonell
Collaborator: Sebastián Mejía