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 (1987) is a Venezuelan artist and photographer based in Caracas. Her work inquires the tension between fiction and reality through photographic representation. The central axes of her work are power and eroticism from the feminine perspective. She places the identity from a gendered perspective, incorporating the critical reflection on art history, popular culture, and mass media imagery. The connections between photography, the poetic act, and self-representation explore the body as an individual and collective metaphor.

Garrido has exhibited at the Contemporary Art Museum of Zulia; Mendoza Gallery; El Hatillo Art Center; Panoramic Emerging Art in Venezuela 2000-2012; TAC Gallery; Trasnocho Cultural; MAD Gallery, Los Galpones; UCAB Cultural Center; No Place Contemporary Art (Ecuador); Féroces International Photography Festival (France), Rhizome (Spain), Festival Hybrid (Spain), among others.

Garrido has participated as a speaker in several seminars and congresses. She has given workshops about her personal research, photography, and contemporary art both nationally and internationally. Highlights include the Multinational Workshop (Mexico, 2011), Cisneros Foundation Seminar in the Aula Magna at the Central University of Venezuela (Caracas, 2013), Cultural Space El Palomar (Spain, 2015), Librería La Caníbal (Spain, 2015), among others.

MEET THE COCKROACHES

Pedro Tovar
Pedro Tovar
Right Hand
María Teresa Medina
María Teresa Medina
Assistant
Fabiola Calvani
Fabiola Calvani
Blog Editorial Team
Mafe Izaguirre
Mafe Izaguirre
Cibernetic Fairy Godmother
Dalia Petrillo
Dalia Petrillo
Life Member
Daniela Uribe
Daniela Uribe
Accomplice

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If you don’t have the possibility to donate, there are a lot of other ways you can help!

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THE ONG COMMUNITY

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