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The art of winning Swansea Open
Image shows a fragment of a photograph, barbed wire and a carpenter's plane
First prize went to Humberto Gatica for Shadows On The Wall

A man imprisoned under the Pinochet regime in Chile has won the Swansea Open art prize.

Humberto Gatica's black and white photograph Shadows on the Wall was selected from hundreds of artworks.

The director of Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Powys, Amanda Farr, was this year's judge.

She said, "The Open clearly shows the wealth of talented artists that are based in Swansea."

Poet and photographer Mr Gatica spent ten months in a Chilean prison in the 'seventies, ultimately came to the area as a refugee and settled here.

Recently retired, he plans to spend time working on a memory project of which the winning photograph will be a part.

"The idea is to build the memory tree project up over 12 images - a mixture of memory and found objects."

The winning picture features a photographic fragment of his late father, who was a carpenter, and a woodwork tool.

"The black background for me is a kind of symbol for our relationship with time and with silence."

"It is easy to find yourself very lost. Sometimes we need to go back to our past to find our present.

He uses a Wista large format camera to create the images and then retires happily to the dark room.

"I really enjoy that. I often say that I take a picture as an excuse to work in the dark room - for me it's a very beautiful experience," he laughed.

image shows a painting of a tube of paint on a very blue background
Cadmium Red Deep Tint and Cerulean Hue by Nick Martin

In second place at the Open were Nick Martin for Cadmium Red Deep Tint and Cerulean Hue and third was Emma Pearce for Motion, Action, Process Series.

The annual art competition is intended to give people living and working in the Swansea area a chance to have their work exhibited by the gallery.

The exhibition at the Glynn Vivian Gallery runs until Saturday 12 of September and the gallery is open Tues-Sun 10.00am-5.00pm except Bank Holidays and admission is free.

In Pictures: art at Swansea Open
31 Jul 09 |  Arts & Culture



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