GALERIA ISAAG (IDB Staff Association Art Gallery), the Embassy of Chile
and América Solidaria
are pleased to present Haiti, Land of Hope
by internationally acclaimed Chilean photojournalist Tomas Munita
. The result of twelve days of trekking, exploring local markets, neighborhoods, medical facilities, and meeting the locals, this exhibition reveals not only the challenges, but also the resilience and beauty, born from the innate, joyful, and giving spirit of the Haitian people and the volunteers that accompany and work with them daily.
"I went there - without speaking their language and without a translator, to photograph the interior of several huts in the camps for displaced persons. My relationship with the people was direct and at the same time silent. Through this experience I was able to observe a significant trait that defined them: joy. It is extremely challenging to expose oneself to a group of people with whom one cannot communicate, even more so when you are physically so different. But their hospitality and happiness was overwhelming. Add to this experience the extreme poverty surrounding you and you take away a sensation that - while full of light - is hard to explain."
Born in Chile in 1975, Tomás Munita is a documentary photographer primarily interested in social issues. His work focuses on Latin America, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. Munita has won three World Press Photo awards and actively has his work published in The New York Times and Time magazine.