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Arnau Blanch Vilageliu
Veneno ‘Poison’ plays inside the Colombian jungle. Its essence are moments lived, towns, roads, skies and random sites inside the jungle, captured while passing, almost stolen.
It is the terrifying story about an encounter with the environment, which looks outward, but also inward. It bears witness to a scarcely glimpsed dark connection between the omnipresent exuberance all around and its deepest resonance inside of men.
In the jungle it’s impossible to be a simple spectator, to stay safe. The depth that governs implies penetrating in from the very beginning: penetrating into its most extreme depths, into its density and into its intimate abyss.
Born in Barcelona the 26th of Februrary of 1983, he grew up in a small village near Girona.
He moved back to Barcelona at the age of 21 to study photography at IEFC (Institut d’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya) and absolved the entire three-year program and specialized in photo essay and writing about photography.
At the end of 2006 he went to New York to study at the ICP (International Center of Photography), where he specialized in documentary photography: taking the ‘Passion, Purpous and Personal Vision’ and ‘You, Your Life, Your World’ courses.
While he was in NYC he interned at the International agency WPN (World Pictures News). In 2011 he was preselected for the Joop Swart Masterclass of the World Press Photo.
He currently lives and works between Barcelona and Colombia.