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SWEET MORTIFICATION SERIES
These photo series deals with death from the artist’s Catholic perspective or, rather, ex-Catholic perspective; on a first level, its leitmotif consists in a sharp critique of religious consumerism; thus, to religion perceived as a mere business, which is made more than obvious in Guatemala when it comes to celebrations such as the Holy Week.
A second topic being addressed with the series’ images is the problem of how Catholicism has imposed, throughout history -and keeps doing so, although in subtler ways- a culture of death, which celebrates the passion and suffering of the Christ rather than his resurrection. This, in the end, becomes a widely accepted policy that positions suffering as a form of morbid jubilee and uses mourning as a means of inflicting “sinner’s guilt”, which, in turn, is an undeniable way of spiritual control and, therefore, of social and cultural control. This photographs incorporates traditional Catholic iconography interweaves with sensuality, mourning and fetichism, which is the very personal way in which the artist perceives Guatemala Holy Week.
ENY ROLAND HERNÁNDEZ (1981)
Lives and works in Guatemala.
He is a self-taught artist who began his career in Guatemala City as a photojournalist and progressively found himself working with portraiture and urban photography. His photographs combine kitsch, pop, religion, and eroticism. On May 2015 he won 1st. place in Arte en Mayo, Guatemala. He was selected for the Trasatlantic Discovery Program of PhotoEspaña.
2015 – THE POWER OF THE WORD, Urban Gallery project, Copenhagen, Denmark; LATIN AMERICA: A TOWN IN SOUTHERN UNITED STATES, group exhibition, Casa de America – PhotoEspaña, curator: Andrés Fresneda; A (NORMAL) DARK ROOM, group exhibition, La Casa – Cultura de Barrio; Arte en Mayo, group exhibition, National Museum of Modern Art “Carlos Merida”, Guatemala; INTERRUPTED SLEEP, group exhibition, Metropolitan Cultural Center, Guatemala, curators: Lucrecia Cofiño Prera and Javier Payeras.
2014 – BODY & LIFE, group exhibition with Juan Pensamiento, Ruben Mayorga Cultural Center, Guatemala; 30 YEARS ON THE ROAD “Night” Urban Gallery Art Project Center / South Florida, curator: Susan Caraballo; SHARED INTIMACY, Biennial of visual arts of Central America (BAVIC 09), Cultural Center of Spain, Guatemala; URBAN GALLERY PROJECT, Interventions in gallery spaces, Piegatto Art, Guatemala; RENT/STATE, Large format photography, mural, old building of Hotel Ritz Continental, Guatemala; WHEN THE CARPENTER AND THE BRICKLAYER HAVE LEFT, collective exhibition, Ex-Convent of la Concepción, Antigua Guatemala; PHOTOPIA, collective exhibition, Poporopo Project, Guatemala, museographer: Manuel Urbina; SWEET MORTIFICATIONS, solo exhibition, Attico Gallery, Guatemala; THE AGENDA, group exhibition, Municipal Gallery of Art and Cultural Center, Guatemala; LIKE HIS OWN LIKENESS, group exhibition, Art Center / South Florida – Miami Beach, curator: Marivi Veliz.
2013 – URBAN WITNESSES, group exhibition, XV Festival of the Historical Center, Guatemala; DARK ROOM, group exhibition “open doors”, Cultural Center of Spain, Guatemala, curator: Emiliano Valdes; SWEET MORTIFICATION, individual exposure, Enriqueta House, Guatemala; MALE – 25 years, group exhibition, Attico Gallery, Guatemala.
2012 – SAINTS FACTORY, individual exhibition, N.O.A. Gallery, Guatemala; AN EVENT IN A MUSEUM / A MUSEUM IN AN EVENT, Performance / Photography, National Museum of Modern Art “Carlos Merida”, Guatemala, curator: Renato Osoy; CORPUS-POTENS, Die Augen Gallery, Foto30, Guatemala; THE TREAT OF TOTONICAPAN, La Casa Tomada, San Salvador, El Salvador, curator: Walterio Iraheta; THE PATRON, XV Festival of the Historical Center, N.O.A. Gallery, Guatemala; URBAN GALLERY, group exhibition, XVIII Paiz Art Biennial, Guatemala, curator: Santiago Olmo; THE JACK, Cultural Center of Spain, old Cinema Lux, Guatemala; INSIDE OUTSIDE, Incubator Gallery, Guatemala; CONTEMPORARY GENERATION, group exhibition, Ixchel Museum of Indigenous Dress UFM, Guatemala.
2011 – I’M HERE, group exhibition, Alliance Francaise of Guatemala; ALIENATION, an exhibition of “The Treat of Totonicapan” N.O.A. Gallery, Guatemala; TODOS4RTE, photographic exhibition, Guatemala; LOVE IN THE TIME OF LIQUIDATION, Red House Cultural Center, Guatemala.
2010 – TRIBE, group exhibition, Spanish Cooperation Center, Antigua Guatemala curator: Emiliano Valdes; FLYING POETRY, Intervention of photographs with poems by different authors, Cerrito del Carmen, Guatemala; 100 MAGAZINE, photographic exhibition of cultural Sunday edition of Siglo 21 newspaper, French Alliance of Guatemala; LA LUPE, group exhibition, The Blue House, Guatemala; SIXTH NOSTALGIC, Saul E. Mendez project in Paseo de la Sexta, Guatemala.
2009 – FOCUS CENTERS, Photographic Exhibition, Rina Lazo Gallery, Foto30, Guatemala; URBAN GALLERY PROJECT, Gallery Kilometer Zero (National Palace), Metropolitan Cultural Center and 7th. Avenue Z1, Morpho Art Festival, Guatemala.