The cuidArt room Hospital de Dénia hosts until the next July 15, the exhibition Albino. A work by photojournalist Ana Palacios, curated by the Director of the Art Project of Marina Salud, Alicia Ventura, who collects a double vision of albinos in the African continent.
Palacios records, on the one hand, the daily life of an albino community in Tanzania, while portraying the work of a group of Spanish doctors who periodically work in the area.
Being an albino in Africa is a stigma, and the medical complications associated with this genetic condition are joined by the difficult economic circumstances of the context and the social discrimination suffered by those affected.
Kabanga, the largest albino community in Africa, sheltered by the Tanzanian government and international aid stands at the foot of Kilimanjaro. The objective is to protect the albinos, since they are forced to flee their villages for fear of being dismembered by the body traffickers. Behind the macabre stigma is the fascination of African sorcerers who make potions of "luck" with their bodies.
Furthermore, being an albino in Africa is also implicit in carrying with serious dermatological problems, derived from an excess of sun exposure without any type of protection. So skin cancer is another of the stigmas that albinos have to fight on the black continent.
Ana Palacios has developed this visual work in two moments: a first part made up of scenes of daily life in Kabanga and a second one in which she reflects the work carried out by Spanish health professionals, among them Dr. Luis González, anesthetist of the Hospital de Dénia, through the NGO Africa Directo and in collaboration with the Moshi Hospital.
Ana Palacios is a documentary photographer who has focused her work in Africa. Collaborates with the NGO's Manos Unidas, Africa Directo and UNICEF. His work has been awarded, exhibited and published worldwide (Al Jazeera, Stern, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, New Internationalist, Daily Mail, Terra Mater, 6 Mois, Days Japan, XL Weekly, Paper, The Country, Time, etc).