November 7-December 18,2016


Challenging Adversity
Ibero-America Copes with Climate Change

From reconstruction to adversity, populations of Ibero-American countries have managed to face the vicissitudes caused by climate change through small ventures with more or less technological influence. The ability to use imagination, creativity and hope in a better world, has allowed the emergence of sustainable economies projects that open new paths and alternatives on today’s world.

This exhibition aims to gather images of these projects and enterprises that have emerged as a means of survival, challenging climate change. Not only does it focus on the aesthetic aspects of photography itself, but it also aims to give testimony to the commitment of our countries throughout its changes. Thus, the exhibition will be a showcase for the member countries of the AACIA (Ibero-American Cultural Attachés Association) to show, through their photographers, forms of address, either individually or governmental, different socio-economic profiles of a society under construction.

AACIA’s mission is to promote, disseminate, and preserve the heritage, culture, and art of Ibero-America in the Washington D.C. area while working actively to build bridges between Latin America, Portugal, Spain, and the United States.


Paola Paredes  

Artist Statement
As a photographer I am interested in exploring both my own identity and that of marginalized groups or individuals with whom I can relate. My practice makes use of both appropriation and staged imagery in the presentation of images that aim to challenge the viewers’ preconceptions of sexual identity. I employ a variety of techniques such as photographic recreations or digital collages, in attempt to present a story that is both visually engaging and fairly represented.

Taking influence from a diverse range of photographers, notably Jeff Wall and Nan Goldin, my work aims to walk the line between the personal and the documentary. Cinema continues to be a major influence on my work, inspiring how I approach, light and structure my images. My homeland Ecuador also remains a huge influence in my life and photographic practice. Ecuador’s culture is complex and continually evolving; the potential stories to be told there are endless. As a visual storyteller I look forward to documenting the narrative of my country in a unique and honest way.

Paola Paredes is an Ecuadorian London Based Photographer/Graphic Designer. She started her creative career as a graphic artist before discovering her passion for photography. It happened while she was pursuing a BA in graphic design in her hometown Quito, Ecuador. She became intrigued by the art of taking pictures and signed up for a supplementary photography course. The more she learned and the more she understood, the deeper her devotion to photography developed. After that, it was impossible to separate from her camera.

Paola Paredes (b.1986) is a photographer born and based in Quito, Ecuador. Blending traditional documentary photography with staged imagery, her work focuses on issues facing the LGBT community, exploring contemporary attitudes towards homosexuality in Ecuador. Putting herself at the forefront of her imagery, her work represents a personal and intimate challenge to social prejudices, and invites renewed discourse on the interactions between sexuality, family and personal freedom in contemporary society.

Paola received a Bachelor’s degree in graphic design in Quito before completing her first photography masters degree at Middlesex University. She is currently undertaking a second masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication.

Her first major photographic work ‘Unveiled’ was widely celebrated upon its publication, and has been extensively distributed online, receiving support from prominent publications including Feature Shoot, Fotografia Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and Huffington Post.

Unveiled is Paola’s first solo exhibition.


FORMAT is an exhibition featuring small, photo-based works, juried by Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah. The exhibition features artists living across the United States, showing how diverse the medium of photography really is, and how many different ways the photographer can not only interact with its subject, but also its future audience. A photographer experiments with what to place within the frame or not; what type of light, film, camera, paper and even what size they believe will portray the story within the photograph best.

Born in Geneva, Switzerland and raised in the DC-area, Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah has lived, worked, and exhibited her photographs in Paris, Washington, and the Middle-East. Laila completed a B.A. in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Arts & Culture & Photography from George Mason University in 2007. She worked as a photography and gallery assistant in Washington, before moving to Paris in 2009 to study at SPEOS Photographic Institute.