3.27.2017

The Leclair Residency in DC

© Natalia Lopera

fototazo is very excited to announce our collaboration with The Leclair Residency in D.C. by helping to place the residency's first artist.

The residency project is being developed by Larissa Leclair. Larissa actively works on supporting diverse voices in the world of photography and the residency is designed specifically for a female artist. Larissa is a writer, curator, collector, and the Founder of the Indie Photobook Library. The iPL is an archive of self-published and independently produced photobooks, artist books and photozines, that is now permanently housed at the Beinecke at Yale University.

fototazo's main mission is to support emerging photographers in Colombia and to promote Latin American photography our involvement rests in the cross of our mission with Larissa's by nominating a female emerging photographer from Colombia to spend up to 8 weeks this coming summer in Washington D.C. at Larissa's home. Artists will be self-directed in their project while in DC. Lodging and mentorship are part of the residency.

The resident will be Natalia Lopera, fototazo's second microgrant recipient way back in 2011. Natalia has been working on an exhibition and distribution idea of her work that she'd like to edit and develop while in Washington D.C. of photographs made in Medellin. They are a single printed page folded into a small libretto of her photographs. Natalia will also be making new work while in D.C.

© Natalia Lopera

© Natalia Lopera


© Natalia Lopera


© Natalia Lopera

Over the last two years fototazo has been moving from online to real world projects that complement its microgrant program. This move began with the trip of eleven former microgrant recipients to the United States in the summer of 2015 for a workshop at the University of Iowa which also included studio, museum and gallery visits and continued in 2016 with the Foto Camp Medellín in which nine former microgrant students worked with Mariela Sancari, Juan Orrantia and Gabriel Mario Vélez in Colombia - in addition to online mentors - to create photobook projects.

In 2017, fototazo will be taking twelve former microgrant students to Mexico for workshops with Mariela Sancari and Alejandro Cartagena towards the end of the year in addition to working with Larissa on the D.C. residency project.

Below is a video made by Natalia of her photobook maquette.

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