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Ventana Arte 2015 Galapagos

Fernando Espinosa Chauvin: Galapagos Surreal

White Street Light Boxes

27 February - 16 May

As part of the Ventana Arte program

In collaboration with the Embassy of Ecuador ‘Galapagos Surreal', White Street Light Boxes in Frankston’s CBD present three black-and-white images by Ecuadorian photographer Fernando Espinosa Chauvin.

Part of a larger series of photographs captured over a two-year period on the volcanic archipelago, located on the equator off the coast of South America. Fernando Espinosa highlights unique relationships between shape and texture, wildlife and vegetation, and rock formations, as he presents scenes that are breathtaking in their surrealism 

Currently living in New York, Chauvin began his photographic career early. At 17 he won his first National Prize in Ecuador. He has worked as an international fashion photographer, taken on architectural assignments, taught at the International Centre of Photography in New York and the Pobre Diablo gallery in Quito, and has had work published in the United States and Ecuador.

The White Street Light Boxes showcase Chauvin’s work in the World Heritage listed Galápagos Islands of Ecuador famous for their wildlife including iguanas, which were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle.

“…in my many trips to the Galapagos, I became fascinated with the landscape itself, the raw beauty and almost surreal surroundings that these animals call home… The Galapagos is a harsh and unforgiving environment that at the same time forms a paradise for many species of birds and wildlife; it is this seeming contradiction that forms the body of my work.”

- Fernando Espinosa Chauvin