CRISTINA GARCÍA RODERO
The image is taken in Haiti, in a society that ranges between voodoo and Christianity. Cristina G. Rodero has travelled several times to this country of contrasts and extreme poverty inquiring about their rituals and their people. In this photograph, My God, give me courage, she show us a mother with her daughter in her arms letting out a tear in his prayer to St. Andrew. By its composition resembles arguably classic icon of Renaissance Madonna. Not surprisingly Cristina comes from the world of painting and has an extensive classical culture.
Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Complutense University in Madrid, she combined her work as a teacher at the School of Arts and Crafts and the Complutense University in Madrid and her work as a photographer until 2007, when she is devoted exclusively to this art. Always interested in rites and customs she has recorded hundreds of national traditions with her camera, often unknown or in the process of disappearing, for her series "Spain hidden", which became internationally famous. But her restless and traveller spirit has led her to travel to countries around the world (Haiti, Venezuela, Mexico, Cuba, Georgia, Albania ...) looking for other traditions, other views and other feelings. She uses her camera to document folklore, religious or pagan rituals, concerts, wars ... but without pursuing the exotic or the morbid. She shows us the human soul and succeeds with special elegance and mastery in the faces of women and children. She received the National Award for Photography in 1996, being the first Spanish woman who was part of the Magnum Agency, was awarded the Alcobendas International Photography Award in 2011 and entered the Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in 2013.
The work of García Rodero, is also part of the collection of the Prado Museum, the National Museum Centro de Arte Reina Sofia or the Marugame Hirai Museum of Spanish Contemporary Art in Marugame (Japan).