The Remains of Green Gold

In his eloquent essay on hennequen, Jose Antonio Ceballos Rivas laments the loss of hennequen cultivation whose absence deprives those those who work in the fields of a way to weave the history of each day. He notes, however, that today there is cause to celebrate because of a rebirth of this industry which has restored to them a way in which to fulfill the cycle of their existence. Gallery In La'kech is pleased to present four Mexican photographers — Otto Baurle Vargas, Silvana B. Andrade Canto, Sergio Guillén Hernández and Michael Covian Benítes — whose sensitive interpretation has recorded for posterity moments of this rebirth of Yucatan's green gold.

About our Artists

Silvana B. Andrade Canto

Silvana AndradeSilvana Andrade

Born in Mexico City, Silvana is a graduate in Chemical Engineering of Universidad Autónima de Yucatán (UADY). Her work has been published in Science and Development, a science digest. Her science pictures illustrate the Mexican calendar, Sigma Aldrich. By day a scientist, by night this passionate photographer dedicates herself to deepening her knowledge and understanding of the art and science of photography through a variety of courses. Silvana has been a participant in numerous group shows in Mexico and the The Dominican Republic. The quallity of her work has been acknowledged by a number of Mexican competitions who have awarded her prizes. In 2005 one of her pictures appeared in the American publication, BEST PHOTOS OF 2005.

Otto BaurleOtto Baurle

Otto Baurle Vargas

Otto Bauerle was born in Merida Yucatan in 1962. While his initial studies were in medicine, his passion has long been photography which he began studying in 1992 while completing a specialty in anaesthesiology in Winnipeg, Canada. Subsequent to these studies at Winnipeg's Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology, he enrolled in a course in visual arts under the tutelage of Victor Rendón at The Autonomous University of Yucatan.

Otto BaurleOtto Baurle

In 2001 Otto participated in 3 workshops at the university's Faculty of Arquitecture; these included nineteenth century techniques, advanced darkroom techniques, and digital photography. In 2003 while in Washington, D.C. he participated in "Pixels to Print" a course under the direction of the photographer, Stephen R. Brown. Recent studies include a course sponsored by Epson in digital printing under the direction of Vincent Versace. Otto's work - from black and white to digital colour images - is exhibited throughout Mexico.

Michael CovianMichael Covian

Michael Covian Benites

Born in Mérida, Yucatán, Michael is a recent graduate in Visual Arts from Patria Univsersity in Merida. He has been a contibutor to Merida's Navegaciones Zur magazine. Michael has participated in group shows at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Yucatán (MACAY), the Centro de las Artes and the Instituto de Juventud del Estado de Yucatán. He collaborated in the Casa Dumontiel project with the artist, Olivier Gourbiere.

Of the work he is showing in this exhibition Michael says that he wanted to communicate the splendor that once illuminated the haciendas of Yucatán

Sergio GuillenSergio Guillen

Sergio Guillen Hernandez

Sergio has both an undergraduate and a Master's degree in Biology from the Autonomous University of Yucatán (UADY). He subsequentlyreceived a doctorate from Kings College in London. An autodidact in photography, he began to dedicate much of his time to the art a decade ago and returned to university to take courses.

His work has been exhibited in el Museo de la Ciudad en Merida (The museum of the City), Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Merida (Museum of Contemporary Art, MACAY), the Hector Victoria Aguilar library in la Marista University of Yucatan and in the cultural center, Olimpo, in Merida.