Exhibition in Bilbao until December 6

The project has travelled all the way to Spain to be installed at Garabia in ZAWP Bilbao, and artistic space in the Zorrotzaurre peninsula. The exhibition opened on the 13th of November with the participation of The Old Timey String Band and can be visited until the 6th of December. This showcase has been possible thanks to the support of CNCNE and Ffotogallery and of course Spain arts & culture. I would specially like to thank ZAWP for hosting us for the installation and for being such an inspiring creative entity.

IMG_1330Learn more about the project and visiting hours (in Spanish and Basque).

The next stop will be Madrid where the exhibition will open on December 11 at Galeria Serendipia.


Exhibition in Cardiff as part of Diffusion photo festival

Moving forward, looking back is being exhibited as part of Diffusion, Cardiff International Festival of Photography (Wales, UK). The exhibition can be visited at the second floor of the Stadium Plaza during October, (Tuesday-Saturday, from 11 am to 5 pm.)

More information about the festival, events and other exhibitions.


How to get the book / Comprar el libro

RMbookMoving Forward, Looking Back, Journeys Across the Old Spanish Trail is a documentary project focused on identity, based on memory and inspired by travel.
In the USA you can buy the book via the Spain arts & culture website or by following this link.

Moving forward, looking back (Avanzando hacia adelante, mirando hacia atrás) es un fotolibro que traza un recorrido por el “Old Spanish Trail” (Antiguo sendero español), una ruta comercial histórica que conectaba Nuevo México con California en el siglo XVIII. Una interesante forma de exploración histórica a través del arte contemporáneo.

En España se puede encontrar en la Casa del Libro o en el Fnac. Para más información se puede visitar editorialrm.com.

Virtual Gallery now online

If you can not visit the exhibition in Washington D.C. you can now explore it virtually by following this link.  Virtual Gallery

You can click on all the images and the headphones on display to access to the interviews and also see the photographs larger. Use the arrows to navigate through the different rooms and enjoy exploring the space and the artwork.

For those who can make it, the exhibition would be open until the 28th June at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain.

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Exhibition opening – April 30

The EXHIBITION premieres at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain in Washington, D.C. on April 30, from 7pm to 8.30pm. Here you have more information in case you would like to attend: Info

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The BOOK will be presented on Saturday 2nd May at 12pm with a conversation between the Embassy of Spain’s Cultural Counselor Guillermo Corral, the SPAIN arts & culture team and myself.

You can purchase the book in the USA by following this link:
I will post later on more information about where you can get the book if you live in Europe.

Corina Gonzales

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In the following weeks I will be posting some photographs and excerpts form the interviews with the Spanish descendants I met during the journey. It has been a fascinating experience to cross our paths and I hope to share some glimpses about how they feel when thinking in their identity.

Corina was born in Taos, in northern New Mexico, and now lives in Santa Fe. She works as an accountant and also serves as a Major and Logistics Officer for the U.S. Army Reserves. As she told me, she belongs to many cultures, with one ancestor from France and some from Spain, who arrived via Mexico, finally settling in Rancho de Taos on what was then the frontier of New Spain. Some of the descendants of these first conquistadors were mixed blood with Native Americans from the surrounding area. Others were mixed with the ‘‘genízaros’’ that settled in this lands. They traded with the nomadic Navajos, Apaches, Utes and Comanches, who in most cases had been forced to accept Catholicism and speak Spanish. Corina is not totally sure about where exactly in Spain her ancestors came from, but she proudly celebrates her shared roots. She has formed a traditional folkloric group with her twelve-year-old daughter and they dance together at many fiestas in and around Santa Fe. Each New Year’s Eve, she joins her family in Taos to dance traditional ‘‘Comanche dances,’’ which honor the arrival of a new period.

Building Cigar Box Guitars

I met with Cipriano firstly in Abiquiu and afterwards in El Rito, at his home, to interview him for the project. Recently he has started a kickstarter campaign to raise funds to continue with his project where he hopes to go into the schools to teach students from 3rd to 6th grades how to build a cigar box guitar, that they learn to play and keep at the end. Cipriano has played an important role in preserving the traditional songs of New Mexico and has collected the lyrics mainly in Spanish and melodies of romances, entregas, décimas, cuandos and corridos. If you can help please donate or promote this beautiful project.

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You can see his campaign here: