THIRD WINNER OF RPS WALL GRANT – ARANTXA CEDILLO
Our third grantee for the Reminders Photography Stronghold Wall Grant has been selected and is to be awarded to Spanish photographer Arantxa Cedillo. Congratulations!!
We are now arranging a schedule for her exhibition, more details soon!
Broken Rules is a project that speaks of the power of women in Nepal. All the women in this project share one characteristic: to be the first women to have broken rules in their native Nepal. They are representatives of change.
During my time living in Kathmandu I often heard stories of discrimination towards women. I wanted to work on the issue of violence and discrimination against women by choosing a group of women working in different fields who fight for their rights in a highly conservative society.
My inspiration to use handmade backdrops came from seeing old photographs that I often found in people’s houses. These photographs are always placed in special corners of houses and usually the people photographed wear traditional clothes and display very serious expressions.
I decided to reverse that common form of portraiture, allowing each woman to represent herself in her portrait, thereby opening a visual debate of what being a woman means in a changing society like Nepal. The series was shot in a studio setting and I enjoyed the creative challenge of taking photos of people in a restricted frame: using the traditional handmade backdrops forced me as well as the women to explore new ways of portraiture.
The photographs include short statements by each woman to highlight their work and carry messages of inspiration, frustration or change.
I hope my series will bring attention to the actions that different women take to stop the various forms of violence against women in Nepal.
– Arantxa Cedillo
Arantxa Cedillo Biography:
Arantxa Cedillo was born in Madrid in 1977 and studied the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Program at the International Center of Photography.
Her work has received several international awards such as the Ian Parry Award (2005, UK), the Kiyosato’s Young Portfolio Acquisitions (2005, 2006, Japan), the Magenta Foundation’s Emerging Photographers Award (2008, 2011, Canada), the Alexandra Boulat Scholarship TPW (2008, Italy), Shortlisted of the Critical Mass (2008, USA), Shortlisted of the CEDEFOP / Thessaloniki Museum of Photography (2008, Greece), Runner-up of the Fast Forward Thinking Museum Photography Contest (2011, USA) and The Dark Side of Fashion Prize, selected by Greenpeace and The Global Skin, Center for Storytelling (2013, Switzerland).
Arantxa has been widely published with clients such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Time Magazine, The New York Times, CNN, New York Magazine, the Sunday Times Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, GEO, Colors, Le Monde, Marie Claire, El Pais Semanal, Io Dona, The Australian and DU among others.
Her work has been widely published in galleries around the world including the Canon Japan Gallery (Tokyo), Getty Images Gallery (London), International Center of Photography (New York), New Orleans Photo Alliance (New Orleans), Center for Photography at Woodstock (Woodstock), Toronto Image Works Gallery (Toronto), Mogliano Veneto (Treviso) and the Royal University of Fine Arts (Phnom Penh).
She is currently based in Barcelona and her work is represented by Getty Images Global Assignment.