Diego Moreno
MEXICO
Diego Moreno was selected in 2017 by FOAM Amsterdam as young Mexican talent. He was also selected by The British Journal of Photography as one of the emerging photographers to follow in the world in the 2016 talent issue in London England. He has been creditor to the prize acquisition of the X Biennial 2015 Puebla de los Angeles in Mexico. In 2015 and 2017, he has been granted with the scholarship Jovenes Creadores by the National System of Creators in México. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Italy, Malaysia, Ámsterdam, Taiwan, London, Spain, US and Brazil. His work has been published in: The Guardian, Voge Italy, The British Journal of Photography, Vice Magazine, BuzzFeed, The Culture Tripe, Burn Magazine, IGANT Magazine, Featureshoots, and The Sun, among others.
In My Mind There is Never Silence
This series originated with “Los Panzudos Mercedarios”, the stout guardians of the neighborhood of La Merced in San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas, México. The Panzudos represent the sins: the more sins a person has to expiate, the bigger and uglier his attire will be, the better to cure his sins. These figures herald the feast day of Our Lady of La Merced and accompany her, purifying themselves in the process. The announcement is made as the figure of the Virgin Mary passes by, carried on the shoulders of her bearers, with a retinue of Aztecs, Catholics, and Moors mounted on horseback, dressed as Arabs and with their faces painted, representing the Muslims who invaded and occupied Spain between 702 and 1492. Integrated this ancestral imaginary with the exploration of familiar universe. From a family event where my great aunt dies of an autoimmune disease called ‘scleroderma’ that deforms her throughout her life, I resort to fantasy and fiction to rebuild her image. I try to investigate the links, the monstrosity, disease and death. I explore the tunnels of representation of domestic space. Fusing it with pre-Hispanic traditions and the apocalyptic visions of the Catholic religión. This work gives new meaning to the intrincate tangle of the concealed and the visible, the individual and the collective subconscious, on the highly complex map of coexisting cultures and beliefs in contemporary Mexico.

The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.