The Universitas Room in the Rectorado & Consejo Social Building on the Elche Campus of the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH) is displaying a sample of Alta Fidelidad until May 31, the first exhibition by Altea collectors Diego Martínez and Vicen Lloret. This exhibition has been organized by the Vice Rectorate for Culture and University Extension and curated by Espai Salmaia of Altea. The UMH is also displaying a sample of México Fronterizo. Acercamiento Desde el Fotoperiodismo (Frontier Mexico. A Photojournalistic Approach), which is also on display until May 31 in the Gray Room located in the same building. This exhibition has also been organized by the Vice Rectorate for Culture and University Extension, in collaboration with the Vice Rectorate for International Relations, and it represents work by UMH journalism graduate, José Pedro Martínez.
Alta Fidelidad displays a small portion of the Martínez-Lloret collection, and coincides with the 400th anniversary of the establishment of Altea’s city charter. Martínez and Lloret have been acquiring art throughout their lives, moved by the warm relationships they have nurtured with various artists, their work, and their fine imagery. A large part of their collection is an expression of close and personal relationships with some artists, such as Juan Olivares, Nico Munuera, and Secundino Hernández, during their difficult beginnings in the world of art, artists who ultimately managed to make a mark in the national and international artistic panorama. Thirty-nine works, including paintings, drawings, and sculptures by artists such as Oliver Johnson, Luis Úrculo, Santiago Ydáñez, Pedro Croft, Nelo Vinuesa, Antonio Fernández Alvira, Inma Femenía, Dis Berlin, Kribi Heral, and Juan Carlos Nadal constitute the first public showing by these collectors in Alicante.
México Fronterizo. Acercamiento Desde el Fotoperiodismo presents two photographic series taken with a photojournalistic vision. Its first part, La ciudad de los deportados (City of the Deported), includes portraits and everyday scenes of the migrant history of the cities of Mexicali and Tijuana located on the Baja California border with the United States. It features various protagonists with different profiles and backgrounds, a sample of diversity, which, under the reporter’s eye, is the essence of the historical and journalistic present of the human rights crisis ongoing in Mexico.
Orígenes (Origins), its other part, is documentary work on the life in La Montaña de Guerrero, a starting point for many migrants who arrive at the Baja California border, and where systems of public safety and justice have been created based on the culture in the original towns: the community police. The imposing natural beauty surrounds a vibrant history in which many indigenous peoples are trying to survive the inequality and violence in the war between drug traffickers. The region of La Montaña, nursery of the poppy seed and important left-wing guerrillas in Mexican history, has converted it into one of the continent’s most dangerous locations.