Mexico City.- The Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to Mexico and Central America, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of the capital and the Coordination of International Affairs of the Government of Mexico City, inaugurated this Friday the exhibition “Catalonia seen from sky”, which during the month of April will exhibit a panoramic view of this region through aerial photography by Yann Arthus-Bertrand in the Paseo de las Culturas Amigas.
The event was led by His Excellency Mr. Lleïr Daban, Head of the Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to Mexico and Central America, accompanied by Diana Alarcón González, General Coordinator of Advisers and International Affairs of the Government of the capital, as well as as local tourism secretary Rebeca Olivia Sanchez Sandin.
The diplomatic representative thanked the exhibition space and celebrated that this is the first time the exhibition has come to America to offer a window on Catalonia, from what he considers one of the most important avenues of the Mexican capital, within the framework of the month of San Jordi, patron saint of Catalonia, which is celebrated every April 23 with the traditional day of the book and the rose.
“We are going to see what Catalonia is today, but not only that, but also learn how it was created. This is not an exhibition just to enjoy the landscapes but to remember that we were built in all this nature is a cry for sustainability, biodiversity and the defense of this heritage that we have,” said Lleïr Daban.
Composed of 40 images by the famous French photographer and environmental activist, the exhibition presents a panoramic view of the Catalan geography, nestled in the Iberian Peninsula, through the capture of a diversified territory, with a rich historical and natural heritage, where villages, castles and monasteries between sea and mountains.
Diana Alarcón pointed out that this exhibition will be enjoyed by around 300,000 people, which is the average public that visits this gallery on this avenue, which she pointed out “seeks to decentralize cultural events and the enjoyment of public spaces with samples of diplomatic representations of our country in the capital”.
The strolling public will be able to enjoy, with the photographs of Arthus-Bertrand, amazing places, landscapes, traditions and cultural heritage such as Salvador Dalí’s house in Portlligat, the only stable residence and studio owned by the Catalan painter. , or the famous human castles known as castells, human pyramids that rise up to 10 floors in an ephemeral construction in which up to 300 people participate.
Likewise, Montseny, one of the most popular mountain ranges in Catalonia, the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park, the pink waters of the Trinitat salt pans, at the mouth of the Ebro; the Renaissance convent of Sant Salvador, in Horta de Sant Joan, as well as Empuriabrava, a coastal urbanization project with navigable canals, the characteristic bridge of Besalú and the morphological originality of the needles of Montserrat, among other medieval, baroque landscapes and neoclassical.
In addition, the exhibition calls for the preservation of natural ecosystems and biodiversity thanks to the photographic work of Yann Arthus-Bertrand, who has ceded the rights to these images, defender of ecology and sustainable development, goodwill ambassador of the United Nations Environment Program and creator of the GoodPlanet Foundation, which believes that the immortalization of landscapes seen from the sky allows the viewer to understand the importance of conservation and protection of the territory.
Catalonia is a diverse territory. The coast, the Pyrenees and a set of unexpected plains that intertwine between a very rugged relief, generate varied forms and trigger very different local climates. The result is a multicolored mosaic. In one day you can ski, go to the beach and walk on a plain.
It is also an ancient land, like the rest of Europe. At each step an Iberian, Roman, Islamic or Carolingian memory arises, or a sample of Renaissance, Baroque, neoclassical or contemporary genius. Monuments punctuate the landscape, Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s aerial camera perceives and captures it. Various photos of a very diverse territory.
“Catalonia from Above” will be available until May 1 at the Paseo de las Culturas Amigas, a space dedicated to the dissemination of photographic cultural heritage, to make it accessible to citizens in public spaces; located on the middle of Avenida Paseo de la Reforma, between Glorieta de la Palma and Avenida de los Insurgentes, opposite Reforma 222.
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