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Transport yourself to Latin America in London’s hottest rainforest inspired restaurant – Zuaya London — My London Times

It’s been a tough 18 months for everyone over the course of the pandemic, butnow with some light at the end of the tunnel, we can finally get back to diningat some of our favourite spots across London – and Zuaya is one of my newultimate favourites that you have to add to your London […]

Transport yourself to Latin America in London’s hottest rainforest inspired restaurant – Zuaya London — My London Times

Special report from Latam Investor: Ecuador is back on the map

In its most recent edition, Latam Investor publish a complete report on Ecuador. The in-depth feature began with a letter of President Guillermo Lasso in which he stressed the importance of investments to support Ecuador’s economic growth and development.

The report covers a broad area of Ecuador’s economy covering analysis for different sectors such as indusoil&gas, mining, energy, climate and exports. It also provides exclusive interviews with the Minister of Energy, Juan Carlos Bermeo – who outlines the investment opportunities in Ecuador – and the Minister of Production, Julio José Prado – who outlines the opportunities in the country, and with HM Ambassador to Ecuador, Chris Campbell.

You can download the in-depth report here:

Investments opportunities in Ecuador

Canning House and LatAm INVESTOR will present a virtual conference on business opportunities in Ecuador following the election of Guillermo Lasso.

Ecuador has rich reserves of oil, exciting mining potential and world-leading agricultural exports. President Lasso’s challenge will be to attract the international investors needed to turn those natural resources into economic growth.

To know more about the conference and register visit the Canning House website.

JUCONI Ecuador: new families join the programme in Guayaquil

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the team at JUCONI Ecuador has been able to stay in contact with the children and families on their psychosocial programme. In March 2021 there was another lockdown but in order to continue to give emotional support and monitor progress, communication has been maintained via the telephone, online or in person where possible. When they visit families, JUCONI workers always wear PPE. The contents of the monthly food baskets for families have increased to include tinned tuna, oil, milk, masks and antiseptic hand wash. 

The lockdown was lifted in June and  the organisation is doing all it can to get the team vaccinated. The community safe space continues to be used for meetings and workshops. The team is now working with smaller groups of children but has increased the number of sessions that they hold each week. This community safe space was built by JUCONI staff and continues to have the support of local people, the children and their families, who have organised themselves so it is kept clean and is not vandalised. In May 2021, JUCONI’s family psychosocial programme restarted with twenty new families and their children becoming part of the ‘family visits’ process.

Ecuador and Spain introduce Guayasamin in London as one of the great artists and witnesses of the 20th century

Instituto Cervantes celebrated the centenary of Guayasamin’s birth with a lecture by Daniela Galán and Estefanía Sol on Ecuador’s National Day, Thursday, 8 August 2019

The Embassy of Ecuador and Instituto Cervantes celebrate, in London, the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great Ecuadorian painter and artist Oswaldo Guayasamín, with a conference by Goldsmith University art historian and artist Daniela Galán and the dance anthropologist, dancer and actress Estefanía Solórzano.

“As Ambassador of Ecuador in the United Kingdom, it is an honour to commemorate this month, at Instituto Cervantes in London, the centenary of the birth of the artist Oswaldo Guayasamin, a giant from Ecuador and America, whose work is known around the world, his plastic creations are moved by his aesthetic strength and the enduring message of eternal works,” explains Jaime Alberto Marchán Romero, Ambassador of Ecuador to the United Kingdom. Marchán Romero emphasizes that the Ecuadorian master dominated all the expressions of art: canvas, mural composition, sculpture and prints. Romero added that, in the intellectual field, Guayasamín played a decisive role in the struggle for his ideals of social justice. “Through his brush, he spoke for the oppressed of the world. His cry was immense and still resonates, angry and haughty, in museums, walls and squares, but, above all, in the hearts of men,” he adds.

The Ambassador believes that this event at Instituto Cervantes has a special significance, as it is an opportunity to make the work of the great Ecuadorian artist better known in this cosmopolitan country. It also renews in Instituto Cervantes, “the deep ties that unite Latin American countries through language, culture and art, through which we have enriched each other.”

“Guayasamín is an artist who seems to summarize the greatness and contradictions of Latin America. Beyond its plastic power, so characteristic and so linked to the traditions of the subcontinent, all Latin American themes are in it. And I say Hispanic Americans Instituto Cervantes of London 15-19 Devereux Ct, Temple London WC2R 3JJ 020 7201 0750 because few artists have made such a good bridge between America and Spain. For us it is a joy to open the doors to Guayasamín and Ecuador on their national day, ”says the director of the Cervantes Institute in London, Ignacio Peyró.

In Ecuador, when Estefanía Solórzano began her theatre studies, she began to go to museums a lot and also approached Ecuadorian painting, dance and literature. It was at that time when she also rediscovered the work of Guayasamín and began to frequent the museum ‘La chapel of man’, in Quito, built by the artist in homage to the human being.

The most intimate expression of the human being

Guayasamín was always surrounded by many artist friends (painters, musicians, writers, etc.) and Solórzano was interested in knowing the history of that circle. “The focus on the eyes, hands and face always struck me. I see it as the way in which one gets to know another person through the eyes. Guayasamin offers us the most intimate expression of the human being in the eyes and hands, and that is where terror, love, tenderness and poetry are,” she explains.

Solórzano began her MA in Dance Anthropology two years ago, on an itinerary that took her to Norway, France, Hungary and finally to the United Kingdom last January. Currently, she develops a project based on memory and oblivion, for which she was inspired by one of Guayasamín’s works: “As long as I live forever, I remember you”, which belongs to the series ‘The age of tenderness’.

“The skin outside, the skin inside”

Solórzano identifies with Guayasamín and his idea of “The skin outside, the skin inside”. In the first one, Guayasamín refers to his artistic work in the time he has lived; while, in the second term, he encompasses all the experiences of a child and what he lived with his family, facts that moved him all his life. Guayasamín describes that he painted ‘The Age of Wrath’ as if he were screaming desperately, adding to all those screams that express the humiliation and anguish of the horror events experienced by Humanity in the twentieth century.

The construction of a world art scene

In the case of historian Daniela Galán, her talk revolves around the importance of the artist in the context of the history of Latin American art and its impact on the construction of the world art scene. Anger will be the starting point to examine how Guayasamín and other artists approach the indescribable, situations of pain, trauma and violence, without falling into sensationalism. “In the paintings of Guayasamín you can see not only the pain of the victims, but also the frustration of living in certain historical moments and having lived so much pain, such as the Holocaust, the Spanish Civil War or the bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki”, explains Galan, for whom Guayasamín is indispensable in the history of Latin American art. He also drew attention to the rights of the indigenous, with his mixture of indigenous and mestizo.