Mapping Central America: El Salvador

Posted on September 2, 2012

Photography Festival ESFOTO
ESFOTO12 poster featuring photography El Golpe, by Delmer Membreño

ESFOTO was founded in 2005, by artist, curator, and cultural manager Walterio Iraheta, as a response to the lack of spaces for photographic production in El Salvador. This yearly event is aimed to promote and stimulate the field of photography, through a series of activities programmed every year during the month of September. Its structure echoes other photography festivals in Latin America that occur over the course of a month in different countries, such as the biennial Fotoseptiembre in Mexico.

Its sixth edition, which opened in September 2012 featured exhibitions, screenings, a series of public talks, workshops, and portfolio reviews by local and international guests. It collaborated with public and private institutions and individuals in El Salvador, such as Centro Cultural de España, CCESV, el museo de arte de El Salvador, MARTE y, and the city of Santa Tecla.

Museo de Arte de El Salvador
The Art Museum of El Salvador (MARTE- for its Spanish acronym) oponed in 2003. It is a private, non-profit institution operating under the responsibility of El Salvador’s Museum of Art Association. MARTE showcases a permanent exhibit of Salvadoran art, featuring masterpieces of its own collection as well as artworks belonging to private collections and to the national heritage.

Reflecting the evolving landscape of the art scene, this platform will be updated as new information becomes available. Thanks to the artists and curators who have helped to shape and enrich the project to date.

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