© Cristina García Rodero. VEGAP, Madrid, 2022
Although Cristina García Rodero usually works independently, some of her reportages are commissioned by publishers and institutions such as UNESCO and Médecins Sans Frontières. She collaborated with the latter on a reportage about Georgia which would become one of her most emblematic projects after its completion, following the inclusion of images captured during subsequent trips.
García Rodero travelled to Georgia for the first time in 1995, the year the civil war ended, a conflict that had dragged the country into poverty and forced many of its citizens to live as refugees. The reality she encountered in Georgia reminded her of a part of Spain that she had come to know closely, one she portrayed in her renowned series España oculta [Hidden Spain]. Los Hermanos, Kutaisi [The Brothers, Kutaisi] was shot during her first excursion. In it, the photographer’s ability to skillfully capture human relations becomes apparent. Moved by the country and its situation, García Rodero returned in 2008—coinciding with yet another armed conflict—and also in 2013. The project was bundled into an audiovisual document that included 150 black and white photographs. The initial photos portrayed the misery and pain she observed, while the more recent captured the nation’s struggle for modernization.
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