Travelling in America from solstice to solstice

Ruka Pillañ (edo Villarrica) sumendia, gauez. Pucón, Araucanía (Txile).

I prepared this photo exhibit as one of the activities to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Faculty of Computer Science of Donostia. The exhibition was open at the faculty lobby from the 10th of november to the 22nd of december of 2017. I presented in it a small sample of the pictures made in a trip through America I did in 2016.

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The trip and the exhibition

In 2016 I was lucky enough to take a six-month trip trough America, from June to December. From Newfoundland to the mythical Ushuaia, I traveled approximately 27,000 km: Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Quebec, Concord, New York, New Orleans, Monterrey, Mexico City, Puebla, Costa Rica, Panama, Medellín, Mompox, Cartagena, Ecuador, Trujillo, Lima, Atacama, Santiago, Araucanía, Chiloé, Bariloche, Perito Moreno, Ushuaia ... trains, buses —many buses—, cars, boats, some planes... streets, cities, towns, museums, beaches, jungle, desert, mountains, men and women ... stations, bars, hotels.

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Cuba, a view from the Basque Country

Eduardo.

Exhibition shown in Santiago de Cuba, at the UNEAC's Titón Exhibition Room, from 23th January to 5th February, 2013. Later on, some of these pictures were also shown in the Euskal Etxea (Basque Center) of Havana, at the 2013's Aberri Eguna (Fatherland Day, 2013-03-31). 

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The work presented in this exhibition is a selection of images taken in several journeys through Cuba, linked up with images obtained in Euskal Herria (Basque Country). The rear cover of El roble y la ceiba. Historia de los vascos en Cuba (Txalaparta, 2003) by Cecilia Arrozarena Uribe, Havanese of Basque descent, reads: “Among Cubans and Basques there exists a long relationship and a certain knowing look. Perhaps because both, each in their own way, are island-people, tenacious in staying alive and dignified...“. Something of that knowing look underlies also at the idea and images of this exhibition.

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More in common with literature than with painting

Rufina Cuba: bizitzaren arrastoak.

Exhibition shown in Hondarribia, at Modotti Tailerra, from October 11th to 30th, 2011.

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Unlike what is commonly said, I think that photography has more in common with literature than with painting. Francesc Català Roca (Photographer. Catalonia, 1922-1998).

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Regards 2.♀

Mariluz. Chinchero (Cuzco), 1997.

Exhibition shown at the Computer Science Faculty of Donostia (Saint Sebastian), in December 2006.

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Women regards caught here and there, captured by the photographer's eyes, inmortalized by means of chemicals or of the digital sensor.

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Apples and cider making

Sagar biltzen, euripean

Exhibition shown in the Cultural Centre of Alkiza, from 9th to 11th September 2011.

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Apples, cider... it is well known that they are of great importance since centuries in the Basque Country.

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Haystack making

Herrirantz II

Exhibition shown in the Cultural Centre of Alkiza in the autumn of 2009.

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...Oxen, scythes, rakes, car, sled... tools so frequent until very recently in our forests and grasslands were used to lift this fern stack at Lete in Alkiza...

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Charcoal making at Ikili

Ke artean II

Exhibition shown in the Cultural Centre of Alkiza in the spring of 2009.

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...Charcoal makers will not be seen any longer in the mountains of the Basque Country, unless for photos. Although there are still in our villages competent charcoal makers, able to lift a kiln, fire it, and keep it alive and smoky for days, charcoal making, like many other professions, will appear in the list of jobs lost in the 20th century in history books. With these pictures we would like to avoid those activities --and that living, in some way-- to be completely forgotten.

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Pig slaughtering

Leteko atarian I

Exhibition shown in the Cultural Centre of Alkiza in November 2008.

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Pig slaughtering in Alkiza, in November 2008: the pig, raised and fed at Aranguren, was slaughtered in "beheko plaza", the village square; black pudding, chorizo, and so on were made at Peru house; in the end, a popular lunch took place at the pelota court.

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