“ The camera is the tool with which I try to search what’s behind people. Run across the human body as through amap full of clues, secres and stories is the constant theme of my work. The skin is the starting point on a fascinating search for the human inner side.

The human I search for does not have an exact time and place, it consists of an infinite and undecipherable glossary of sequences, is unreachable in its complexity and memory. I want to look into its eyes and ask, Why its strange beauty, which does not concern me, captures me? Which paths has it walked to find itself where it is? Why does it repeat itself, so beauty and clumsy at the same time?

I look for a place from where  I can observe and be thrilled. I want to imagina that I can peel layer by layer each clue, and speculate about the quantity of layers that cover each being.”

Ana Belen, borned in Quito-Ecuador, lives and works in Barcelona.

She combines her personal projects with assignments relating to culture managemend and audiovisual production. Her photographic work focuses on the search of human identity and conscience, through portraits, the body, and the skin.

After finishing her studies of Graphic Design, on the year 2000 she moved to Barcelona to study at the GrisArt school, where she specialized in photorealage. Her work was part of several expositions, seminars, and photographic festivals such as PhotoEspaña, TRAFFIC Barcelona, Emergent Lleida, Aurre Emakumeak Protagonistas Euskadi, Primavera Fotográfica en Cataluña o Fotodocumental in Quito (Ecuador). Her work has been also published on different Spanish and latinamerican magazines. In 2008 she was a “Discovery in  PhotoEspaña” and in 2010 en Pati la Llotja Emergent-Lleida for the series “Ecce Homo”. With a scholarship from Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes de la Generalitat de Cataluña (CONCA) she achieved her projects “The Purple Place” y “Trans-Sex”.

She was part of the team of online-archive Cronica21 (www.cronica21.org), Fundación Photographic Social Vision (www.photographicsocialvision.org),where she collaborated in the production of  World Press Photo and the photographic documentary festival DOCfield (www.docfieldbarcelona.org).


“La cámara es la herramienta con la que intento indagar lo que hay detrás de las personas. Recorrer el cuerpo humano como un mapa lleno de huellas, secretos e historias es el  tema constante en mi trabajo. La piel es el punto de partida hacia una fascinante búsqueda del interior humano.

El humano que busco no tiene tiempo ni lugar exactos, está compuesto de un infinito glosario indescifrable de secuencias, es inabarcable en su complejidad y su memoria. Quiero mirarle a los ojos y preguntarle ¿por qué su rara belleza que no me concierne me atrapa?, ¿qué caminos ha recorrido para encontrarse donde está?, ¿por qué se repite a sí mismo tan bello y torpe a la vez?.

Busco un lugar desde el cual pueda observar y emocionarme. Quiero imaginar que puedo quitar capa a capa cada piel, cada huella, y especular sobre la cantidad de láminas que recubren a cada ser”.

Ana Belén nació en Quito-Ecuador, vive y trabaja en Barcelona.

Combina sus proyectos personales con encargos relacionados con la gestión cultura y la producción audiovisual. Su trabajo fotográfico se centra en la búsqueda de la identidad y la conciencia humana, a través del retrato,

el cuerpo y la piel.

Después de terminar sus estudios en Diseño Gráfico, en el año 2000 se trasladó a Barcelona para estudiar en la escuela GrisArt, donde se especializó en fotorreportaje. Su trabajo ha participado en varias exposiciones, seminarios y festivales de fotografía como PhotoEspaña, TRAFFIC Barcelona, Emergent Lleida, Aurre Emakumeak Protagonistas Euskadi, Primavera Fotográfica en Cataluña o Fotodocumental en Quito (Ecuador). Su trabajo ha sido publicado en diferentes revistas españolas y lationamericanas. En 2008 fue Descubrimiento en PhotoEspaña y en 2010 en Pati la Llotja Emergent-Lleida por la serie “Ecce Homo”. Con la beca del Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes de la Generalitat de Cataluña (CONCA) realizó los proyectos “The Purple Place” y “Trans-Sex”.

Ha sido parte del equipo del archivo online Crónica21 (www.cronica21.org), Fundación Photographic Social Vision (www.photographicsocialvision.org), donde ha colaborado en la producción de World Press Photo y el el festival de fotografía documental DOCfield (www.docfieldbarcelona.org).


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2016
⋅ “La casa Mitómana”, Quito
⋅ “La hora del lobo” instalation, Aranburu palace, Tolosa.
2014
⋅ “Efigies, Mitos y Retratos”, Valid Foto Gallery, Barcelona.
2013
⋅ Metales Pesados Gallery, Santiago de Chile.
⋅ 2º Edition Fuera de Lugar / A Pie de Calle, Sevilla.
⋅ Lesbian Lives Conference, University of Brighton, England.
2012
⋅ Wotever World Pride, London.
⋅ “El Container”, Quito.
⋅ “Aurre Emakumeak Protagonistas”,Tolosa.
2011
⋅ PHacto, Barcelona.
2010
⋅ XV Exhibition Young Art in Horta-Guinardó, Barcelona.
⋅ “Petíte mort, the smile of Thanatos”, Maison de la Lanterne Rouge, Madrid.
2009
⋅ Photodocumentary meeting, Andina University, Quito.
⋅ TRAFIC’09, Barcelona.
⋅ Faculty of Social Sciences, in Visual Anthropology expertise, Quito.
⋅ REY CHICO Art Center, Granada.
2008
⋅ TRAFIC’08, Barcelona.
2007
⋅ Cultural Center El Matadero, Valencia.
⋅ Culture House of Pilar de la Horadada, Alicante.
⋅ TRAFIC’07, Barcelona.
⋅ Photo España, Madrid.
2003
⋅ Fotomobil Gallery, Barcelona.
2002
⋅ Photographic Spring, Barcelona.

AWARDS
2011
⋅ “Amics de la Fotografia” Scholarship of Torroella de Montgrí, Spain.
2010
⋅ CONCA Scholarship, National Council for Culture and Arts of Catalonia, Spain.
⋅ International Festival “El Pati de la Llotja” EMERGENT-LLEIDA, Spain.
2009
⋅ Shortlisted, “National Photography Competition VII Large Format in space”, Castellón.
2008
⋅ Contest Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña, Madrid.
2007
⋅ First prize, CEESC photography contest on Disabilities, Barcelona.
⋅ Third prize, IX CADIZ-HUESCA “People with Disabilities and its environment”, Cadiz.
⋅ Prize the best collection at the National Photography Competition and Disability, Madrid.
2006
⋅ Selected for the scholarship of the Seminar of Photography and Journalism Albarracín, Teruel.
⋅ Third prize, contest VI Grand Marina, Barcelona.

WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES
2012
⋅ Portrait workshop at CFD School (Barcelona, Spain).
2011
⋅ Portrait workshop at CFD School (Barcelona, Spain).
2011
⋅ Creative Photography workshop (Tolosa, Spain).
2011
⋅ Conference at Instituto Metropolitano de Diseño, (Quito, Ecuador).
2010
⋅ Creative Photography workshop “Aurre Emakumeak”, (Tolosa, Spain).
2009
⋅ Conference, portfolios review and workshop at Photodocumentary Festival,(Quito, Ecuador).
2008
⋅ Conference about creative process at GrisArt Photography School, (Barcelona, Spain).

PUBLICATIONS
2015
⋅ “Psique en el Hades”, Tito Molina’s blog.
2013
⋅ Latin American magazine El Sueño de la Razón.
2012
⋅ Anaconda Magazine.
⋅ Gea Photowords, Eyes on the earth.
2011
⋅ Cover “Disabilities in Ecuador”, published by Universidad Andina del Ecuador.
⋅ Dirty Style on-line magazine.
⋅ Latinart, magazine of art and culture.
2010
⋅ El Dado del Arte.
⋅ Arte Paper Blog.
2009
⋅ Descubrimientos PHE 2009.
⋅ QUESABESDE on-line magazine.
⋅ “Instantáneas” documentary program with Rulot Films and Public Television Net of Catalunya.
2008
⋅ AreaZinc Art Magazine.

EDUCATION
2013
⋅ Curatorship and Exhibition Management, Barcelona.
2000-2004
⋅ Photo Journalism, Barcelona.
1998-2000
⋅ Social Communication, Quito.
1996-1999
⋅ Graphic Design, Quito.
1998
⋅ ShortFilm Techniques, Quito.