“Cartografías de Escape” is the project that Columbian photographer Luis Carlos Tovar, winner of the VIII edition of the IILA-PHOTOGRAPHY prize (2015), worked on during his artistic residence in Rome. Invoking individual and collective memory and his own skill as a mediator, Tovar worked with the refugees at the Baobab shelter to recall their journeys, crossings, loss, vicissitudes and affections, generating an ephemeral and emotional record, a “candid ethnography” that was also a therapeutic catharsis for the participants.
Tovar integrated himself into a closed city to document one of the great dramas of our times: the migrant crisis and our institutional and cultural inability to tackle it. The “Cartografías de Escape” emerge from this space of exclusion: photographs, portraits, narratives, testimonies and sounds that offer an exhaustive and poetic vision of a parallel city, a complex yet united Rome, an invisible and profoundly human suburb.
The IILA-PHOTOGRAPHY prize, established by the Italo-Latin American Institute (IILA) and the Festival, is dedicated to emerging Latin American photographers.
Winner of VIII edition