Andrés Yépez

Photographer & Anthropologist
Location: Quito, Ecuador
Nationality: Ecuadorian
Biography: Visual storyteller based in Quito, Ecuador. Member of  Fluxus Foto ,  Diversify Photo  and  The Everyday Projects . His work focuses on identity, memory and the relationship between humans and their environment, using... read on
Public Story
Copyright andrés yépez 2021
Date of Work 10/01/18 - 10/10/18
Updated 03/18/20
The Chiquitania is a region of eastern Bolivia composed of Amazonian landscapes and towns that have a great colonial vein due to the presence of religious missions that left a very marked trace, which is far from the popular imaginary that is generally held about the Bolivian people, as a clearly Andean country.   

This series explores using light and color as a bridge to create visual analogies of adolescence transition in the region and the internal and external elements that evocate an emerging identity, where the modern converges with that colonial trace -still so present in girls and boys in this province- but who also experience the sensations typical of this stage of life where they discover themselves and also recognize the others.

"Oomo" means "Burn" in the native language of Chiquitania, the besiro language, and through portraiture the project try to see through this reddish light - so characteristic of this province- the new feelings that reflect an identity under construction. OOMO is an approach to chiquitanian adolescents to understand the components of a portrait, either human or symbolic, as an encounter between light, color and form to read portions of a universe that contains the senses of a human group.
La Chiquitanía es una región del oriente boliviano compuesta por paisajes amazónicos y pueblos que tienen una gran veta colonial debido a la presencia de misiones religiosas que dejaron una huella muy marcada siglos atrás, que se aleja del imaginario popular que generalmente se tiene sobre el pueblo boliviano, como un país claramente andino.

Esta serie explora el uso de la luz y el color como puente para crear analogías visuales de la transición de la adolescencia en la región y los elementos internos y externos que evocan una identidad emergente, donde lo moderno converge con esa huella colonial, tan presente en las niñas y los niños de este país. provincia- pero que también experimentan las sensaciones propias de esta etapa de la vida donde se descubren a sí mismos y también reconocen a los demás.

"Oomo" significa "Arde" en la lengua nativa de Chiquitania, el idioma besiro, ya través del retrato el proyecto intenta ver a través de esta luz rojiza -tan característica de esta provincia- los nuevos sentimientos que reflejan una identidad en construcción. OOMO es un acercamiento a los adolescentes chiquitanos para entender los componentes de un retrato, ya sea humano o simbólico, como un encuentro entre luz, color y forma para leer porciones de un universo que contiene los sentidos de un grupo humano.

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