Fotografía Maroma: a living gallery of Mexican photographers
Fotografía Maroma is an artistic platform connecting Maroma, a Belmond Hotel with a uniquely profound perspective of the Riviera Maya. Tapping the talents of two distinguished curators — Fariba Farshad of Candlestar and Patricia Conde Juaristi of Patricia Conde Galería — the combined expertise resulted in the scouting of four Mexican photographers, three of which with established careers – Patricia Lagarde, Javier Hinojosa and Ilán Rabchinskey – and one emerging artist – Margot Kalach. The four artists were commissioned to create artwork inspired by the modern vitality, and rich, mystical spirit of the Riviera Maya. The travelling exhibition made its debut in December 2022 during Miami Art Week and participated in Mexico City’s ZONAMACO art show. This May, the display will be showcased at the prestigious Photo London fair.
This panel discussion will feature curator and collaborator Patricia Conde Juaristi along with exhibiting artist Ilán Rabchinskey. Moderated by Avery Fletcher (Belmond’s Divisional Brand & Marketing Director for North America), the conversation will uncover the artists’ unique creative processes and the concept behind the Fotografia Maroma exhibition, all while generating buzz for the official grand opening of Belmond Maroma property this summer.
Ticket Price: £9.50
Patricia Conde is the founder of Patricia Conde Galería, which features many of Mexico’s most respected photographers. Her gallery also seeks to promote new talents in its digital platform proyectosjuancano68 with an annual exhibition hosted at the gallery. Patricia Conde continues with enthusiasm to promote and encourage Mexican photography both in Mexico and abroad.
Avery A. Fletcher is the Belmond Divisional Brand & Marketing Director for North America overseeing the collection in the US, Mexico and the Caribbean. She is responsible for developing strategic partnerships, communication strategy, research and market analysis, and brand management. Avery brings 20 years of luxury marketing experience, including significant e-commerce enablement projects, brand implementation and global marketing initiatives.
Prior to this role within Belmond, Ms. Fletcher spent over 10 years at ’21’ Club where she spearheaded the creation of a strategic marketing program integrating digital, social media, special events, strategic partnerships, product development and media relations in a singular effort to revitalize the ‘21’ brand for a new generation of guests.
Earlier in her career, Avery traveled the world via freelance marketing projects with Accor Hotels, Outrigger Hotels, and Cornithia Hotels, and honed skills in training and development teaching at New York University. Her journey began as part of the team bringing luxury retail into the digital age at Chanel, Inc.
Ms. Fletcher has a master’s degree in Hospitality Industry Studies from New York University’s prestigious Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism and completed undergraduate studies in International Business at the College of New Jersey. She is passionate about the arts, photography, anthropology, archeology and enjoys traveling the world.
Ilán Rabchinskey is a photographer, artist, and educator. His work explores the tension between natural forces and the human species, the properties of matter, the intersection between photography and sculpture, and the mechanisms by which photography inevitably turns an object into an image.
He has exhibited in Mexico, France, England, the United States, Spain, Brazil, and Chile, and has been invited to residencies at Casa Nano, Japan (2019); Fiskars AiR, Finland (2018); Dedazo Artist Residency, Mexico (2017); and Fundación Casa Wabi, Mexico (2016); and been selected for the Centro de la Imagen XIX Photography Biennial (2021).
He has been awarded Mexico’s prestigious National Endowment for the Arts SNCA three-year grant. He is the author of four books: Piedra Fundacional (2019); El Medio Terrestre (2016); Earth Swirl (2014,); and Yo’tan K’op Heart of the Word (2009).