Carolina Poggi Bio
Born in Montevideo in 1970, Carolina studied at the Cinema School of Uruguay specializing in still photography. Early on she learnt a new form of art, the photo-essay, and was immediately drawn by the possibility to be involved in the entire process, from taking to printing the picture. Thus, she set up her own black and white lab working on several essays ranging from architecture to nature and filmmaking, among others. Her work has been displayed in Uruguay and abroad both in solo and group shows. She is currently working as a dance photographer shooting trainee dancers at the National School of Dance of Uruguay.
Carolina Poggi Artist Statement
During my time as an analog photographer I worked on several black and white essays on architecture ruins and destruction. I focused on certain buildings due to their historic and social value. Here are two of them.
The first one is the building of the former Ministry of Defense of Uruguay. Construction was funded by Dr. Emilio Reus in 1888 and it didn’t have a specific purpose until 1921 when it became the Ministry of National Defense. The building continued as such in 1973 with the consolidation of the military dictatorship until 1989 when it was finally abandoned. I had the opportunity to visit the building in 2001, the deep deterioration and state of disrepair conveyed the fear and despair the population had felt through a terrible decade of military repression. I used bulb and camera in hand to shoot as I wanted the movement to convey the need to run away from that state of subjugation. The building has been partially restored and it is now the Pre-Columbian and Indigenous Art Museum. The building is a true testimony of the historically eclectic architecture – with a strong Italian influence- and construction technology of the time. In 1986 it was declared a National Historic Monument due to its cultural significance and symbolic status as an urban landmark.
The next essay is about the town of Punta del Diablo. By mid 20th century, Punta del Diablo was a small fishing village with very few inhabitants on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in the department of Rocha, Uruguay. After a while, the town became better known as people from the capital city began building “shacks” illegally on the beach, until it finally developed into a summer holiday destination. Years later the authorities considered it was necessary to regulate the growth and development of the town to turn it into the beach resort it now is. In order to do so, they tore down most of these illegal “shacks”. These pictures capture that transition period. The essay attempts to convey the original essence of this fishing village, what it used to be like before it was demolished and the loneliness during the winter months before the arrival of the flocks of tourists. I used a red lens filter to achieve more density in the pictures.
2013 “Conquistando derechos” (Conquering rights) at Kalima, Montevideo – Uruguay2013 “Escuela Nacional de Danza – División Ballet” (National School of Dance – Ballet Division) at Solís Theatre, Montevideo – Uruguay2013 “NYC pride” at Bastión del Carmen, Colonia – Uruguay2012 “NYC pride” at Xavier Benguerel Library, Barcelona – Spain2011 “La ventana” (The window) at La Sagrera – Marina Clotet Library, Barcelona – Spain2011 “Punta del diablo” at La Sagrera – Marina Clotet Library, Barcelona – Spain2011 “NYC pride” at Centre cívic Joan Oliver “Pere Quart”, Barcelona – Spain2011 “NYC pride” at Casal Lambda, Barcelona – Spain2011 “NYC pride” at Centre cívic Riera Blanca, Barcelona – Spain2000 “Rodajes” (Filming) at Cinemateca uruguaya, Montevideo – Uruguay1999 “8 historias de amor” (8 love stories) at Cinemateca uruguaya, Montevideo – Uruguay1998 “8 historias de amor” (8 love stories) at the Cinema School of Uruguay, Montevideo – Uruguay
2013 “XIV Salón Internacional ” (XIV International Exhibition) at Esart Gallery, Barcelona – Spain2012 “Hotel Casino Carrasco” at the City Hall Building, Montevideo – Uruguay2012 “Retrospectiva de la diversidad” (Retrospective of diversity) at the Education and Culture Ministry, Montevideo – Uruguay2011 “Marcha por la diversidad” (March for diversity) at the Contemporary Art Space, Montevideo – Uruguay2004 “Punta del diablo” at the City Hall Building, Montevideo – Uruguay2002 “El águila” (The eagle) at the Nueva dimension photography school, Montevideo – Uruguay2001 “La ventana” (The window) at the Nueva dimension photography school, Montevideo – Uruguay2000 “Frigorífico” (Meat-packing plant) at the Nueva dimension photography school, Montevideo – Uruguay2000 “Palmeras” (Palm trees) at the Nueva dimension photography school, Montevideo – Uruguay1999 “8 historias de amor” (8 love stories) at the Nueva dimension photography school, Montevideo – Uruguay1997 “Backstage” at the Dimension visual photography school, Montevideo – Uruguay