ENLACE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO Gallery presents the collective photography exhibition GUARDIANES, a series of works by three Peruvian photographers: Héctor del Castillo, Luis H. Figueroa, and José Carlos Orrillo to be opened next Tuesday, March 13 at 7.30 p.m. It is important to note that the show in question is part of the simultaneous circuit of shows of the Lima Photography Biennale 2012, for which reason it will be reinaugurated this Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. About this show, Roberto Ascóniga tells us: “Under the title Guardians, this photography exhibition brings together the Cusco-born photographers Luis H. Figueroa and Héctor del Castillo, members of the Foto Club Cusco, who offer a selection of works from their project "Machu Picchu, cultura viva" (“Machu Picchu: Living Culture”); together with the Trujillo-born photographer José Carlos Orrillo, with his series "Viaje a la quebrada" (“Journey to the Ravine”). Using similar approaches, with different nuances and meanings, they share certain convergent points and sensibilities, such as an empathic, ritual approximation to the landscape (primarily rocky), and the “continuity” and “survival” of a certain tangible something, seen or made evident by witnesses who are in fact custodians/guardians and officiants. In the case of Orrillo, these guardians reside at the tops of the hills and the terrain, camouflaged in the shapes of the rocks, peaks, and presences that maintain a primordial, sensitive energy tangible and present at the Archaeological Site of the Santo Domingo Ravine, located in the District of Laredo, Province of Trujillo, Department of La Libertad. In the case of the Machu Picchu project, the participants point to the relevance of the particular nexus between the inhabitants of the Andes and the remains of the archeological site, appropriately emphasized through the participation of the Native Community of Qeros, the last Incan descendents of the Province of Paucartambo, whose customs and harmonious, ritualistic association with the earth offer an invaluable testimony of a pacific, inalterable existence and contemplation.” ABOUT THE ARTISTS: HÉCTOR DEL CASTILLO (Cusco, 1980).An architect graduated from the Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad in Cusco, he splits his time between his job and photography, favoring travel, documentary, and fashion photography. He has participated in the Organized Youths Developing Initiatives (JODI) Project, photographing a variety of images of Cusco (2002). He is a member and cofounder of the Foto Club Cusco (2004). LUIS H. FIGUEROA (Cusco, 1980) is a photographer and founder of the Foto Club Cusco (2004). He has participated in group and solo exhibitions in the cities of Cusco and Lima, Peru; Laussane, Switzerland; and Terni, Italy. In 2004, he undertook a photography project aimed at registering Andean customs and rituals, which involved seven years of journeys around the Andes of southern Peru, focusing his work on the Departments of Cusco and Apurímac. He is currently a promoter of Cusco Photography Week, an annual event held each August that is open to all photographers. In 2011, he directed the projects “Machupicchu, cultura viva” (“Machu Picchu: Living Culture”), to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the discovery of the archaeological site; and “Qoluyo, un viaje de retorno” (“Qoluyo: A Return Trip”), both of them with the architect Héctor del Castillo Farfán, with the participation of the Native Community Qeros, from the annex of Qoluyo in the Province of Paucartambo, Cusco. JOSÉ CARLOS ORRILLO (Lima, 1973) is a photographer and visual artist based in the city of Trujillo. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences from the Universidad Privada Antenor Orrego. He studied visual arts in the photography and video workshops at the Instituto Gaudí, the Centro de la Imagen, and the INICTEL in Lima. In 1994, he held his first solo photography exhibition at the Club de la Unión in Lima. Since then, he has held ten solo shows and taken part in numerous collective photography and visual arts exhibitions, both in Peru and abroad. In 2003, he won first prize in the National Contest for the Intervention of a Public Space organized by the ICPNA of Trujillo. He is the winner of the Tenth Passport for an Artist Contest, as a result of which he took part in an artists’ residence program in France from July to October 2008. He participated in the Second National Photography Salon and the First Lima Photo International Photography Fair organized by the Centro de la Imagen (2010). His work was selected as a finalist in the Third ICPNA National Photography Salon in 2012, forming part of the official exhibitions of the Lima Photography Biennale. The exhibition may be viewed through April 13, 2012, from Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. No entry fee.