Donation of a Photography Darkroom

Today Fundación Mar Adentro donated a darkroom for analog photography to the Faculty of Arts of the Universidad Alberto Hurtado.

Alejandra Orbeta, Director of the Visual Arts Education Department receiving the keys of the new darkroom

Analog photography is a medium that art faculties cannot leave aside to the wealth of possibilities that its process provides. Each year it became more imperative that students from UAH could attend permanent courses in this field, but it was impossible to do so without a darkroom.

In the face of this necessity, Fundación Mar Adentro built a photography darkroom in Almirante Barroso 62-64 within a large house built in 1921. The darkroom meets all requirements and equipment to work in analog photography: it has specially designed counters, technical equipment and has an entrance hall that provides with a space for the proper manipulation of negatives. This project will allow the Universidad Alberto Hurtado to offer, for the first time, photography classes permanently on campus.

Beatriz Bustos O., Director of Culture, Art and Education in FMA gave a short speech

Today the Foundation donated the darkroom in a simple ceremony in which the Director of Development Management of UAH, Josefina Torres; Beatriz Bustos, Director of Culture, Art and Education of FMA and Eduardo Silva, Rector of the Universidad Alberto Hurtado participated.

Maya Errázuriz, on behalf of her mother Madeline Hurtado, president of FMA, handed over the keys of the darkroom to Alejandra Orbeta, Director of the Visual Arts Education Department, fulfilling in this way a wish of the Foundation that Beatriz Bustos summarizes in her speech:

“We ask ourselves what is the point of working in analog photography today, when technological means allow us to optimize the use of time and at the same time transform images with only a simple ‘click’ and other special effects. Selfies, Instagram, and other media, grant us with images whose processes are associated with concepts such as efficiency, optimization, speed and instantaneity. The use of a darkroom for analog photography, in these times of immediacy, gives us the possibility of working with a temporality opposite to the rhythm in which most of us find ourselves in, one that resembles temporalities or timings that are characteristic of meditation. It provides us with that silence that young students and all of us need to observe our context by means of detaining it in time. And in that fragment of selection of what we choose to photograph, we give visibility to what we many times want as a society to hide or cross out: that which is twisted, dark, sad, beautiful, or bright.”

Also attending the ceremony, which took place during the first day of this academic year: Juan Carlos Leppe, director of Fundación Mar Adentro; Claudio Dodds, Vice-Chancellor of Administration and Finance; Tomás Fuenzalida, Director of General Services; Eduardo Molina, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities; and Fernando Pérez, Director of the Art Department.