The photography collective South.Southwest has been on an ambitious mission to create a new canon of Latin American photography. The group, which formed several years ago under the patronage of the camera company Leica, brings together photographers from Brazil to Spain, including Sebastián Liste, Christina de Middel, Álvaro Ybarra Zavala, Laura León, Jesús Rocandio, Adriana Zehbrauskas, Stephen Ferry, Tomás Munita, and Emilia Brandão.
Though professional work of these photographers ranges from documentary and reportage to editorial, the collective’s output, has a more singular intent: to capture a poetic and expressly artistic vision of Latin American identity. Now, a selection of the collective’s works are being revealed to the public for the first time in an eponymous gallery exhibition curated by Irakli Megre and Isabelle Thul at Berlin’s re|space gallery.
The myriad landscapes, peoples, and animals captured in these images offer glimmers and glimpse of the boundlessness of Latin American art—pop culture abuts folklore, the vibrancy of youth plays out against ancient terrains. The intimate connection between Latin American people and nature is perhaps the common thread shared between these images, which alternately complement and contradict one another, creating a nuanced portrait of a global community. In one corner, American photographer Stephen Ferry’s raucous and raw color images of intimacy and celebration juxtapose the cinematographic scenes carefully composed by Spanish artist Cristina de Middel.
What’s more, the exhibition is also a unique opportunity for collectors of photography. Every work in the exhibition comes to sale directly from the artists and each print is unique—so the buyer will be the sole proprietor of the work. South.Southwest is intended as an ongoing project and the sales from the exhibition will fund future projects.
See images of “South.Southwest” below.