Sandra Eleta: The Invisible World is the first monograph by this renowned Panamanian photographer and the first publication by Casa Santa Ana, co-published with Editorial RM. The book - which includes 68 photographs from 8 photographic essays - features forewords by Fred Ritchin, Dean Emeritus of the School of the International Center for Photography, New York and acclaimed Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide, as well as an extensive essay on the life and the artist's work and its connections to Latin American photography by Panamanian art historian Mónica Kupfer and the artist's memoirs of her experiences in Portobelo.
The book had its international launch at the prestigious Paris Photo photography fair and is on sale in museum shops and bookstores in Latin America, the US and Europe.
As part of the educational programming around the book, we carried out the photography workshop: How to capture the invisible environment? for young people who participate in the Enlaces Program in Santa Ana, as well as a cycle of talks and conversations.
Sandra Eleta (b. 1942) is one of Panama’s most internationally renowned photographers. She studied art history and photography at Finch College, the International Center for Photography, and the New School for Social Research in New York. In the early 1970s, Eleta was professor of photography at the University of Costa Rica and during the 1980s, she worked for Archive Picture Agency.
Eleta has spent a great part of her life in Portobelo, a town on Panama’s Atlantic coast, whose residents have been the subjects of her best known and most extensive photo series. Eleta’s work has been exhibited widely in Panama and abroad, including at the Brooklyn Museum and Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Perez Art Museum, Miami; Colección Jumex and Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museo de Arte y Diseño, San José. Eleta’s photographs are held in important private and public collections, including the Musée Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires; Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City; and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Panama.