“During the whole year I’ve been working inside these urban Aymara celebrations I have seen how modernity and economic power have gained so much presence and importance for them. Some people criticise this fact, as polluting or alienating the ancient traditions and it is understandable. But perhaps it is also the only way for them to conserve some of their indigenous culture, while struggling to be accepted in a modern and globalised society”.
Manuel Seoane won 4th place in the Sinchi indigenous photocompetition 2017.
Manuel Seoane is a Bolivian photographer. He is founder and active member of the collective Fotografía Sinmotivo and has contributed to the collective’s photobooks Ensayos Fotográficos (2011), Sobre la ciudad y la mirada (2012) and Cotidiano (2016). In 2011 he won a national public call to participate as photographer in the documentary project The Journey to Heart of Bolivia, organized by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), project which later won the Elizabeth Neuffer International Prize for Journalism, awarded by the UN in New York, USA. In 2016 he won Eduardo Abaroa National Prize of Arts and Freddy Alborta Municipal Contest, the most important contests of photography in his country. This year he was shortlisted for the Lucie Foundation Scholarship for emerging photographers and selected finalist of IILA-Fotografía award, part of the FOTOGRAFIA – Festival Internazionale di Roma.