Category Archives: Venezuela

Organización Nelson Garrido

In June I visited the Organización Nelson Garrido, ONG, cultural space, that formerly functioned as the photographic studio of the well respected Venezuelan photographer Nelson Garrido. Today the studio has evolved to be a leading independent contemporary art and music space in Caracas.

Here is Music recorded by Jimmy Flamante in the studio at ONG, enjoy while you read!

The ONG works as a space to share ideas, have meetings, old art exhibits, record music, invite national and international resident artists and have a common living space. Most of this goes on with out charge to the public. The ONG also offers photography and screen printing classes, where they charge to cover running costs of the space.

There is a rolling trainee program where students and recent graduates work as part of the administrative staff improving their skill set and keeping running costs down. The ONG is unique to Caracas as it exists totally independently from the government and outside sponsors. This leaves all artists who are involved to be free to express them selfs as they wish with no political or financial influences.

This Video visualises the ideas, work and people behind the name. Become involved with the programme of events on their Facebook group and Facebook Page.


It was a pleasure to meet Gala Garrido, daughter of Nelson, who now runs the ONG. Thanks for your time and all the best moving forward with this important space for artists in Caracas.


Cinestesia Caracas

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Whilst many galleries, museums and theatres in Venezuela are linked to the government and show case political material there are some independent arts events and spaces that continue to show unique unchallenged artistic ideas.

One such event is Cinestesia an independent film showing hosted by the Rio Theatre.  The founder and co-ordinator of Cinestesia, Alberto Negron, realised a need to show films that weren’t main stream in the intimate setting of the Rio Theatre.

The selected pictures are local and international with no predetermined genre. Negron instead aims to provide a wide range of cinematic experiences. Cinestesia began in 2011 and since has seen a growing following of Caracenos and foreigners alike.  As popularity has grown Cinestesia has been invited to show in other spaces around Caracas and during festivals,  such as the Cultural Centre in Chacao, and area of Caracas.

It was a pleasure to meet Alberto and to see Cinestesia in action at the Rio.  All the best to independant arts in Caracas.


Cinestesia nació el 15 de septiembre del año 2011 y lleva ya dos años
y medio proyectando sin falta películas todos los jueves en las instalaciones
de Río Teatro. Además, Cinestesia eventualmente, ha hecho proyecciones en
otros espacios, como el evento ocurrido en junio de 2013 en el Centro Cultural
Chacao, donde se proyectaron películas por 3 días seguidos con un lleno total
de la sala.

Se trata de un evento que une la cultura del cine con la del bar,
la música y la tertulia, haciéndolas complementarias en vez de contrarias.
Consiste en proyecciones regulares de películas cuidadosamente seleccionadas
para un público que sabe disfrutar de las más diversas expresiones
cinematográficas, sin prejuicio alguno.

Cinestesia actualmente cuenta con una videoteca de
aproximadamente 400 películas en HD de las más diversas nacionalidades,
géneros y estilos, y el número de películas que conforman esta colección
también sigue creciendo día a día.

La curaduría cinematográfica y la producción del evento en general
corren a cargo de Alberto Negrón, cineasta dedicado a la producción de
documentales y videos musicales, quien también ejerció la docencia en la
UCAB y la Escuela Nacional de Cine durante un tiempo.

Video sobre Cinestesia



Driving in Caracas

I spent May and part of June in Venezuela. The original idea was to go in February and cross over land from Colombia at the San Cristobal border. As protests and violence escalated this was no longer a viable option.

Instead I waited in Colombia and traveled to Venezuela six weeks later crossing at the northern border of Paraguaichón. The bus continued through the country, for twelve hours, terminating in Caracas.

Below is a series of photos that illustrate a drive I took through the city. Life in Venezuela continues despite the many problems that its people face.

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