WHAT IS THE ONG?

The Organización Nelson Garrido (ONG) is a self-managed cultural center where different artistic activities are combined. Their language is photography, so the space works mainly as a photography school. There you can also find 3 exhibition rooms where the ONG gives the artists the opportunity to show their work and be the voice for minorities.

There is a public library with the most complete collection in photography books in Latin America. It also has a recording studio, a serigraphy workshop and a photographic laboratory.

They also offer their spaces to dance and theatre organisations, projections of –-mainly- independent films (in their rooftop). And during the whole year there are free workshops and talks related to the artistic and underground scene.

The artists are the ones who take the spaces and make it their own; the bonds developed between the artists give the ONG its characteristic dynamism and diversity.

Behind everything that goes on at this cultural space, there is a team that make things possible: the interns, assistants and its director, Gala Garrido.

In this space for ideas, that has been around for more than a decade and founded by Nelson Garrido, the doors are always open for those who haven’t found their place and for those that are looking for new perspectives. The ONG has grown and makes stronger as a project every single day.

WHY THE COCKROACH?

The cockroach is an animal that fits perfect with our space. For some is repulsive and we know it moves underground. At the ONG everyone has a way in, something that this peculiar animal has taught us. Besides, it survived the atomic bomb!

Nelson Garrido
Nelson Garrido
Founder and teacher

Born in Caracas the 24th of August 1952. Still alive.

GALA GARRIDO

SPACE COORDINATOR AND DIRECTOR

Gala Garrido (Caracas 1987, Venezuela), studied graphic design at Prodiseño in Caracas and photography at The ONG. Currently she is a freelance designer and coordinator of the space, where she also teaches digital photography.

She’s been in several collective exhibitions in Venezuela and also internationally.

Her interests as a photographer is the representation from the tension created between fiction and reality. The identities from a gender perspective, taking as a starting point the critical meditation of the art history images, the popular culture and the media. The bonds between photography and poetry, the self-representation, the body as a individual and collective metaphor. 

MEET THE COCKROACHES

Dalia Petrillo
Dalia Petrillo
right hand
Daniel Mijares
Daniel Mijares
Screen print teacher
Gerardo Rojas
Gerardo Rojas
Dark Room Teacher
Jimmy Flamante
Jimmy Flamante
Sound Studio: Flamante Estudio
Daniela Uribe
Daniela Uribe
diseño y animación
Fran Marquez
Fran Marquez
diseño y animación

 

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