The San Juan Risco shows its history through cyanotype

The cliff of San Juan. / Tony Hernandez

The Italian artist Giuliana Conte will give a workshop on this photographic technique until June 17

CANARY ISLANDS7 The Gran Canarian palms

The Italian artist Giuliana Conte will show
the story of saint john Through the old photos of the families of El Risco. Until next Friday, June 17, he will direct the workshop called 'Cyanotype on the Risco', which seeks to get residents of the San Juan neighborhood to share their archives and photo albums to reconstruct them in a participatory way, using the old photographic technique:
cyanotypean artisan technique of printing negatives on mocochromes made through an emulsion, which reveals the images on any absorbent support in various shades of blue.

Conte, who has directed participatory art projects all over the world, has devised this photographic workshop so that people of different ages and without particular technical knowledge can
reproduce the images fun and easy to use. The unique experience will conclude with the inauguration of a collective exhibition with the works generated during it, which will be exhibited in the Municipal Library of El Risco de San Juan.

The workshop of the artist Giuliana Conte is organized by the Department of Plastic Arts of the Ministry of Culture of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria.

Developing process

Giuliana Conte will pose in several phases. At first, the students of the CEIP Alcorac Henríquez school will learn about the project and they will be asked for old family photos linked to the neighborhood.

In a following phase, the groups will work on each one of the images using words and making a digital copy of them that will be used in the following phase, which will consist of
photographic development in the sun managing the cyanotype technique.

Although John Herschel was the inventor of the technique, 180 years ago, the first prints were made by the botanist Anna Atkins in 1843. In 1843 Atkins made a book of photographs that transformed algae and ferns into artistic objects with this technique, entitled 'British Algae: Blueprint Impressions', which is considered to be the first illustrated book with photographic images.

The artist Giuliana Conte

The Italian Giuliana Conte (1984) created in 2010 together with the artist Tono Cruz the group 'blee.eu', where they carry out artistic projects in public spaces.

Conte alternates cultural management work with artistic production, researching and combining traditional and new photographic techniques, such as the cyanotype and photoengraving. He highlights in his work the ability to create spaces for meeting and debate on a certain topic, and develop it together with the people who inhabit it. He has worked for several years in
cooperation projectsboth in Africa and in Italy, especially in Sicily, where he met and began working with the photographer Oliviero Toscani on different social projects, using art as a tool for development and denunciation.

Italian creator Giuliana Conte.

In 2016 he gets involved in the IMAGO project, by Trib-Arte, with the artists Tono Cruz and Felo Monzón to paint a huge graffiti on the rear facade of the central building of the Art, Culture and Tourism Centers of the Cabildo de Lanzarote, with the aim of
awaken consciences about the challenges faced by young people who live in a juvenile center when the legislation forces them to leave what has been until then their home.

Giuliana Conte thinks of art as an instrument capable of creating relationships between things in an alternative way to the established ones, proposing a new look and other points of view. Through images, real or imaginary, she experiments with different techniques, whether analog or digital, depending on the needs of the project.

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