Panellists, Dr Paul Edwards (Maison Français d'Oxford) and Rolando de Guardia Wald (Florida State University, Panama City) will consider Arturo Soto’s debut photobook, In the Heat. The discussion will be moderated by Sai Villafuerte.
Panama’s presence in the collective unconscious is frequently limited to its famous canal, exotic sceneries and recent political history. In the book In the Heat, however, the vibrant country displayed in travel brochures is purposefully absent. Arturo Soto leaves out this typical imagery in which colour is used to promote prepackaged experiences. In the Heat is a subjective depiction of Panama’s urban landscape. The banal spaces in the work of the Mexican photographer contradict conservative notions of progress and economic growth. Even though the project is not meant as a social critique, it does attempt to capture the varying social values and disparities located in the urban environment. The title references Panama’s humid climate.
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This event is presented by Oxford Urbanists and St Cross College.