|© Aura Lambertinez|
Location: Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
Request: Financial help for nine former microgrant recipients to continue to build their careers by attending a photography intensive workshop at the University of Iowa in the summer of 2015; to visit museums, galleries and photographer studios in the Twin Cities; and to exhibit their work in both Iowa City and Medellín.
Grant Status: Amount raised so far: $9,404. This grant will last until the group leaves for Iowa and 100% of donations will be used to fund this trip.
Mono Colectivo is a group of nine former fototazo microgrant recipients who have come together as a collective to support their continued education and development. The members are Alba Bran, Andrés Sánchez, Angélica María Restrepo, Aura Lambertinez, Edwin Ochoa Vélez, Juliana Henao Alcaraz, Margarita Valdivieso, Mónica Lorenza Taborda and Natalia Lopera.
The group has a very special opportunity for the summer of 2015: a two week trip to the United States that will include a 10-day photography intensive workshop with Jeff Rich and myself at the University of Iowa, as well as a trip to Minneapolis to visit the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Weinstein Gallery and local photographer studios, including a visit with Beth Dow and a visit to the studio of Alec Soth. We will also visit with Andy Adams of Flak Photo in Madison, Wisconsin for a conversation about photography distribution. They will also have an exhibition of their work from Medellín in Iowa City and of their work created during the workshop in Medellín upon their return. More details will be forthcoming.
The total cost is $2,000 per student. For several in the group of nine, this will be their first trip outside of Colombia and for all of them this will be their first chance to attend a photography intensive workshop.