AJPATAN, Santiago Albert,
Portfolio including 13 photogravures, 20x20cm, on Hahnemühle paper 300g 39x39cm, box 52x52cm, 2016.
This artist’s book, produced and published by the Atelier Hélio’g, was born from a rare encounter with a photographer, culture, people and spirituality.
Ajpatan (Maya K’iche’ translation by Cofrades, members of a brotherhood) is a transversal project that combines photography, anthropology and photogravure know-how.
It’s the fruit of photographic, artisan and anthropological research carried out by Santiago Albert and Fanny Boucher during their meetings and discussions with the Maya people in Guatemala.
Thirteen portraits, thirteen different views which travel in time, constitute the body of work: documents but also true ambassadors of the people’s cultural and spiritual values, these Cofrades portraits were the object photogravure prints: 13 games gathered in boxes, each a unique piece.
Spanish photographer, Santiago Albert has lived in Guatemala since 1996.
His practice is part of a photographic tradition open towards others. The image is at the same time a matter of meeting, mutual observation and the discovery of contemporary Mayan culture in Guatemala.
The contemporary Maya population project is predominant in the workshop’s history: the resonance between the Cofrades history and that of photogravure, their common uniqueness and durability, their concern for heritage are many factors which gave birth to this body work and so much more…
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