Andrés Figueroa was born in Santiago in 1974. In love with photography, he studied at the Escuela de Foto Arte in Santiago. Influenced by August Sander, Martín Chambi, Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, he has made the portrait his favourite genre. His photographs have been shown around the world.
Commissaire : Claudi Carreras
Bailarines del Desierto
Having witnessed in his own country the prejudice against native and racially mixed cultures, he focuses on people's right to exist, to be different and to express themselves. The series Bailarines del Desierto (Dancers of the Desert) looks at life in the Atacama Desert, in the far north of the country: there, between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes, religious fervour takes the form of a potent mix of age-old beliefs and Catholicism, and every year the festivals of St Lorenzo of Tarapacá and the Virgins of La Tirana, Ayquina and Las Peñas draw thousands pilgrims. Dancing is the high point of these celebrations: participants have to rehearse and make their own costumes, most of them putting all their savings into these preparations. The costumes – featuring charms, feathers and fur, with no regard for the crushing heat of the planet's most arid desert – are reminiscent of those of the La Diablada carnival in the nearby Bolivian city of Oruro, on show in the Musée du quai Branly.