Marcelo Brodsky Born 1954, Buenos Aires.
Economist and MA Degree, University of Barcelona, 1983
Marcelo Brodsky is an international human rights activist and visual artist with work focused in visual language, Memory and Human Rights. His work combines text and images to convey meaning and to build up alternative narratives.
In 1996-1997 he edited and exhibited the photographic essay Buena Memoria (Good Memory) based on the effects of state terrorism in Argentina. The iconic class picture is now shown permanently in the school ́s main hall as part of its history.
Founder of the Parque de la Memoria and a member of its Board. This Park is a large monument and art exhibition space to honour and remember the victims of Argentina ́s military dictatorship.
Founder of Visual Action, an NGO dedicated to transferring visual expertise to NGO ́s.
Major Works/photobooks include Buena Memoria, Nexo, Memory under construction, Once@9:53, Visual Corrrespondences, Tree time, 1968 The Fire of Ideas, published in Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico and the USA.
1968 The Fire of Ideas was shown extensively in Europe and Latin America in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The Lyon Biennale, France , the UNAM University Museum of Tlatelolco (Mexico), the Itau Foundation Photography Forum, Sao Paulo, Brazil, “Hiatus” Pinacoteca do Estado ,Sao Paulo, “Resist” Bozar (Bruxelles, Belgium), PhotoEspaña in Centro de Historias, Zaragoza, Spain, Kaunas ArtFestival Lithuania, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights Berlin, Germany, Academia de España in Rome, Museu Coleçao Berardo in Lisbon, 1968 Quelle Histoire in Rencontres d ́Arles. His latest work on 1968 is an Opera in colaboration with a musician and a drama director, comissioned by Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires and premiered in December 2018.
His work is in the collections of the Tate, London, The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, the Pinacoteca del Estado, Sao Paulo,Brazil, the National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Jewish Museum, New York, the Museum of Modern Art Buenos Aires, The ESCALA Collection, Essex, UK, the Sprengel Museum, Hannover, the MALI, Lima Peru, the Museum of Memory and Human Rights, Santiago de Chile, Princeton University Museum and Tufts University Museum, USA, Banco de la República Collection, Bogotá, Colombia, etc.
Awards: In 2008 Marcelo Brodsky received the B’nai Brith award for Human Rights, in Argentina. In 2014 he was awarded the Dr. Jean Mayer award for his human rights and artistic work by Tufts University, Boston, USA.
Brodsky has represented Argentina in several international biennials such as San Pablo (2010), Valencia (2007), Rotterdam (2000), Photo Spain (1999), among others.
Marcelo lives and Works in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Gideon Mendel is a photographer. His work engages with contemporary social issues of global concern. His intimate style of committed image making, and long-term commitment to projects has earned him acclaim.
Mendel has a career spanning over 30 years. Originally from South Africa, he is currently based in London. It was his work as a ‘struggle photographer’ during the final years of apartheid that first brought attention to his work
Born in Johannesburg in 1959, Mendel studied psychology and African history at the University of Cape Town. He began photographing in the 1980s during the final years of apartheid and produced a number of bodies of work documenting the resultant societal conditions and political climate in South Africa.
In the early 1990s he moved to London, from where he has continued to respond to social issues experienced globally. He travels extensively in order to do so, which is reflected by his images focusing on people and societies from countries all over the world. Most of his projects are developed over long periods of time. Video has increasingly become a part if his practice, and he also employs collaborative photography as a means of interacting with his subjects.
His first book, A Broken Landscape: HIV & AIDS in Africa was published in 2001. Since then he has produced a number of photographic advocacy projects, working with charities and campaigning organizations including The Global Fund, Médecins Sans Frontières, Treatment Action Campaign, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ActionAid, the Terrence Higgins Trust, Shelter, Leonard Cheshire Disability, UNICEF and Concern Worldwide.