MADRID.- The Regional Government of Madrid presents at PHotoEspaña the latest work by the winner of the 6th Photography Award. The exhibition shows over 100 photographs, the majority unpublished, based on the cult of the mythical Venezuelan character.
Cristina García Rodero is a major exponent of the documentary trend that began in Spain during the nineteen seventies. For three decades, she has studied and
photographed popular traditions, mainly in Spain but also in Mediterranean Europe and Latin America. Her images are characterised by an extraordinary strength, the result of her passion for life and her photographic oeuvre stands out both for its meticulous technique and for the curiosity and sensitivity it shows for the territories explored.
María Lionza. La diosa de los ojos de agua contains approximately one hundred works revolving around this mythical Venezuelan character, whose cult goes back to the time before the Spaniards arrived in the fi fteenth century. Since then, there have been numerous pilgrimages to the Sorte mountain, located in the state of Yaracuy, where the devout go to make their requests. Cristina García Roderos photographs have never been published and they cover her work over the last ten years. They are a valuable selection of images on the rites, ceremonies and customs of María Lionzas worshippers and offi ciants in todays Venezuela.
Cristina García Rodero (Puertollano, Ciudad Real, 1949) has received numerous awards, including the World Press Photo Prize in the art category (1993) and Spains National Photography Prize (1996). She has participated in many solo exhibitions in the United States, Mexico, Portugal, United Kingdom, Germany, Venezuela and Poland, as well as in the Venice Biennale (2001).