The eye / Biography

Born in 1984 Coyhaique, Chile, Fabián España Rivera has his roots in the Chilean Patagonia. He completed his formal studies in the Alpes Communication School in Santiago, where he graduates with a degree in photojournalism. Continues his training with important photographers and editors in Chile and abroad. In 2010 he won the Rodrigo Rojas de Negri Award, the most important award in Chile for recognition of the new talents trajectory. He has have numerous exhibitions and has been awarded repeatedly by the Fondart (Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo de las Artes). His work is traceable through several books: "La Balada de José y Valeria. Espacios escondidos" (Editorial Ocho Libros, 2010), "Secretos de Familia" (Editorial Ocho Libros, 2011) and "Desilusiones" (Editorial Ocho Libros, 2014), among others. Is considered one of the most perseverant and promising Chilean documentary photographer.

The rectangle / Esthetics and Work

The opposition between the individual being and the family, as a space of socialization but also of conflicts, crosses the work of Fabian España. The author explores his different meanings in the contemporary Chilean society. The description goes from the universe of relationships offered in a house as a common space to the imaginary value and identity that define its residents. Looks into the relationships of belonging and the traumatic realities that often crosses them. To do so, he bravely starts from his own family, his own territory. During his early years he takes as a central axis the productive activity of his place of origin (exploitation of the forest and the ocean) and is able to submerge the spectator in the ways of life and the survival that the extreme zones experience. Addressees the relation between the rural and urban, the loneliness, the identity of the small territories or the uprooting and the sings of decadency. Located in the noblest inheritance of the humanist documentaries, with the Magnum School as an ideal place, his work progresses from a classism that develops around new approaches of a more contemporary inspiration, more disruptive, more distrustful from a messianic and savior logic. His work, in the author’s words, "develops a way of looking where seeks to penetrate in to the relations generated in the bosom of every social group".