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Rodrigo Gomez Rovira

Rodrigo Gomez Rovira was born in 1968 in Santiago, Chile. Today he lives and work in Valparaiso.

Rodrigo Gómez Rovira arrived with his family in France in 1973 to escape Pinochet's dictatorship. After studying psychology in Paris, he decided to be a photographer and dedicated his first piece to the city of Colombes, a suburb of Paris, where he spent his childhood.

In 1996, he embarked on a Polish cargo for a 45-day trip to Chile,
where he stayed and launched his own agency, Imagen Memoria Autor (IMA).

In 2003, he curated a show in Perpignan’s Festival “Visa pour L’Image” which presented the work of four Chilean photographers under the dictatorship.

Rodrigo Gomez Rovira’s photography concentrates Latin America. He has been photographing throughout the continent: in Argentina, Guatemala, Chile, Patagonia, Peru, Bolivia, etc. He was awarded with many bursaries and grants to produce shows and books.

While still working as a photographer for international companies and NGO’s (Schneider, Veolia, Commerce Equitable, Codelco, CGE, ENAMI…), Rodrigo Gomez Rovira is a regular consultant in visual communication for large international groups, for which he also produces videos

Rodrigo Gomez is also the Director of the International Photography festival of Valparaiso.



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Portfolio

Portraits

Series

Valparaiso / Cuaderno Fotografico (2015)

Cette série conçu par Rodrigo Gomez-Rovira mêle des photographies réalisées par l’artiste à Valparaíso et des images anciennes de la ville. « Cet ouvrage (livre - FIFV Ediciones) est un album qui rassemble des photographies trouvées, achetées, reçues et prises à Valparaiso ces dix dernières années. Une histoire imaginaire où cohabitent des époques différentes, sans s’interroger les unes les autres. Une exquise confusion du temps ».

The hard workers of the Peruvian Guano (The Chincha Islands) (2014)

Guano is the result of a particular phenomenon. In the past, it was called «the white gold» of South America. With the currents of the Pacific ocean, many small fish come and gather along the Peruvian coast, becoming the main food supply for thousands of sea birds living on the Chincha islands. The guano, produced through the accumulation of these birds’ excrements, is an extraordinary organic fertilizer. For that reason, in 1845, England and the United States began to exploit it. Today, the Peruvian government still exploits about twenty islands along the country’s coast. The majority of the harvest workers comes from the same community of the Andes cordillera (Ancash). In order to...

Rapa Nui, Easter Island’s mysteries (2010)

Located 4000 kilometres from Chilean coasts, lost in the Pacific Ocean, Easter Island gives shelter to ancient traditions and culture. Rapa Nui, its real name, was rename by European explorer Jakob Roggeveen when he disembarked on Easter Monday in 1722. Roggeveen wrote his astonishment at the 900 Moaïs, those 10 metres high basalt statues, which populate this volcanic island. Those remains of an ancient civilization still fascinate the 40 000 visitors who come each years to given them a change of scenery and for the mystery surrounding this stone giants. Easter Island is now runs by Chile, but the strength of Rapa Nui’s traditions and culture still keep going through its arid...

Los 33, Chile (2010)

Rodrigo Gomez Rovira has been following the preparations for the rescue operation of the 33 miners trapped underground since August 5. Chile's mine minister announced an attempt to rescue them will begin in the second half of October, earlier than previously expected.

Earthquake in Chile (2010)

The earthquake, of magnitude 8,8 on the Richter scale, that hit Chile on February 26th, is one of the five most violent earthquakes ever registered. It has caused several tsunamis. “Our history is full of natural disasters, which put to the test our tenacity and our solidarity. One more time: Cheer up, Chile!” has declared president Michelle Bachelet.

Presidential Elections in Chile, 2010 (2010)

Chileans voted this Sunday, January 17, 2010 for the second round of the presidential election. Sebastian Pinera, right-wing candidate, was elected to succeed to the Socialist Michelle Bachelet. The one who is called the "locomotive" is a former official of the World Bank and Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean ( ECLAC), and was senator from 1990 to 1998. The 60 year-old multimillionaire is a symbol of success. The right voters are in the streets to express their joy.

Peru, social exclusions (2009)

At the end of the Shining Path’s guerrilla and of the economical and political chaos, Peru is becoming the most stable country of the area. Nevertheless, territorial disparities and social exclusions are still strong. Nowadays, Peru has to face new problems born of its recent history. The privatization of companies has brought massive workers’ strikes, depriving Lima of Mantaro’s valley’s agricultural productions. The Mantaro’s valley being one of the most important agricultural regions. The remote regions of Andes Cordillera, with jungles and high mountains, are totally secluded from the rest of the country. Different Amerindian’s communities which live there are not able to take a...

Rodeo, Chile (2009)

Rodeo is the second most popular sport in Chile, after football. The Huasos playing it are, with the Argentinean Gauchos, the last real cowboys of South America. Chilean Rodeo has been considered a national sport since 1962. People practice it from one generation to the next to keep the cattle breeding’s traditions going on. But it’s an elitist and expensive sport: a good horse can cost more than 40 000 euros. Huasos cowboys arrive the day before in the village of Retiro, 400 km south of Santiago, to settle and let their horses have a night of rest. Rodeo starts with horses entering the Medialuna. It stops when the team of two horse-riders manage to control the cow in a precise area...

Valparaiso, Chile (2008)

A Sunday afternoon in the business centre, it’s the sad memory of the frantic Monday which is coming. In the same way, those pictures have the nostalgia of the future. Future of the ones who watch them without ever being present. Future of the one that, with being here, left the shadow of his hanging life, the same one that makes the memory of objects his, like they were bodies. In Rodrigo Gomez Rovira’s picture series on Valparaiso, it’s this big body that the city is which spreads its imagination from the empty streets, to the crowded homes. When the interiors in the presence of no one are whispering their insisting existence, where the pores are resisting to the dust and the...

Fairtrade (Max Havelaar), Peru (2008)

Chilean photographer Rodrigo Gomez Rovira went to Peru, Paraguay and Nicaragua, to meet the local representatives of fair trade, small farmers and cooperative managers.

Augusto Pinochet's death : his sympathizers (2006)

Sympathizers of the former Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet waiting at the door of the military hospital where the dictator has been hospitalized after a heart attack.

Augusto Pinochet's death : his opponents (2006)

Thousands of people gathered across the capital to wave flags and express their joy after the news of former dictator Augusto Pinochet's death broke.

The Visviri tripartite market (2006)

Chile, Bolivia, Peru Tripartite market at the border of the 3 countries. Every sunday, merchants from the 3 nationalities exchange their products. They are all from the Quechua community. Thanks to this market, people from the Altiplano have access to fruit and vegetables that don't grow at such a high altitude (4500 m) and to manufactured goods.

Presidential election in Chile (2006)

In 2006, the Republic of Chile knew an historical presidential election. Michelle Bachelet was the first woman to access the supreme function. She has organized a government characterized by a man – woman parity. After the terror inspired in the entire country by the authoritarian regime of general Pinochet, this election was a victory for the Chilean people, for the entire South America, and for the whole world.

Love motels, Chile (2005)

Also known as love motels, hotels for couples, apartments, these motels all have the same use : to make it possible for married, unmarried, adulterous couples, people accompanied by a prostitute, or alone, ménage à trois or more to satisfy their sexual needs, in all discretion. Open 24 hours a day, these hotels represent a parenthesis during the day or the night, for a minimum of 3 hours and a maximum of one night. It can cost between 7 and 100 euros, a bit expensive but that’s the price to pay for tranquility and a more or less extravagant setting, that often look like a matrimonial bedroom. In Chili, love motels are an institution like the “completo” (a Chilean hot dog) says Soledad...

Brazil (2004)


Books

Ultimo Sur

Ultimo Sur takes the reader on a journey to the end of the world combining Rodrigo Gómez Rovira’s photographs with the ones of his grandfather who moved to Tierra del Fuego in 1938 after Chile’s great land reforms. Nearly forty years later, the next generation fled to France to escape the dictatorship. In the mid-1990s, Rodrigo Gómez Rovira decided to return to Chile in search of his roots and family history.

Ultimo Sur is a hybrid book, bringing together a family album created by his grandfather and the author’s own photographs of the vast region of Tierra del Fuego, a magnificent and isolated land, letting the imagination run wild. It reveals an arduous agricultural world in which farmers led difficult lives. Portraits that bear witness to a forgotten time are slipped between scenes of daily life and the wild imposing landscapes between the mountains and the sea.
Text by: Rodrigo Gomez Rovira

Publisher: Éditions Xavier Barral (2019)
144 pages
Size: 20,5 x 27,5 cm  

Valparaiso / Cuaderno Fotografico

Ce livre conçu par Rodrigo Gomez-Rovira mêle des photographies réalisées par l’artiste à Valparaíso et des images anciennes de la ville. Il écrit « Cet ouvrage est un album qui rassemble des photographies trouvées, achetées, reçues et prises à Valparaiso ces dix dernières années. Une histoire imaginaire où cohabitent des époques différentes, sans s’interroger les unes les autres. Une exquise confusion du temps ».

Publisher: FIFV Ediciones (2015)
40 pages
Size: 20 x 26 cm  

Exhibitions



Rostros retraídos escondidos (Douarnenez)
From 2015-08-21 to 2015-08-29

Rodrigo Gomez-Rovira returned in 1996 in Chile after living and grew up in France, following the exile of his parents for flee the Pinochet dictatorship. He paces the South American continent and goes through the village quechua El Terrado in the Bolivian Altiplano. The photographic work of Rodrigo Gomez-Rivira tells people, space, places. On his second visit to El Terrado, the village is deserted by men, gone to fields. Women, caretakers of the place, agree to play the game the photographer, with their children in the natural setting of their land mansions. In working his prints,...

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