This review by Natalia Gutiérrez (b. 1954) of works by Alberto Baraya (b. 1968) is important because unlike other similar articles, this one addresses his art from the perspective of photography, a resource that Baraya uses frequently and that is also of great interest to this Colombian critic, as can be seen in other research projects of hers, such as the publication ciudad?espejo [see 1132917 and 1132901]. In this document, Gutiérrez reflects on this subject, and also expresses her critical view of Baraya as a photographer. She presents Baraya’s use of photography as a strategy to show the complexity of each moment in order to reveal the emotions and elements that are involved.
Baraya is a remarkable artist whose work has been shown at many exhibitions and important events in Colombia and farther afield. He was awarded the Reina Sofía scholarship for
postgraduate studies, sponsored by the Government of Spain, and the “Top Graduates” scholarship from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He has also worked as an art professor at the Universidad de Los Andes and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, both of which are in Bogotá.
Natalia Gutiérrez studied anthropology at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, and the history and theory of architecture and art at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, also in Bogotá. She has worked as an art critic and a university professor, and currently (in 2010) is at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Her master’s thesis Cruces, arte, artista: José Alejandro Restrepo (2000) [see 1091801] was published by the mayor’s office in Bogotá. Additional documents on the work of Alberto Baraya can be found at: [(1) 1132176, and 1132048].