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Paraguay Peace Corps Blog Directory

Many of my Paraguayan friends living in Seattle are married to peace corps volunteers that were working on Paraguay, most of the volunteers in Paraguay go to work on the country side to help people to improve in agriculture for example teaching them systems to care of the seeds and new earth fertilization and cultivation techniques among other stuff…it is amazing the great job they are doing in Paraguay, even sacrificing a lot of their own commodities to be able to help people and share with people not just their knowledge but also their huge love. I admire them so much and I find very interesting their own experiences, what they are going thru everyday in their work and in their personal lives …

What more amazes me is that most of them learn Guaraní so easily because in the country side that is the language that is most spoken than Spanish.

Many interesting point of views, from different angles and experiences and parts of my own country that I don’t even know is what these amazing people are sharing in their blogs.

Thanks to all Peace Corps Worker for your great work!

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DATE

Karen in Paraguay
17-Sep-2008

The PY Chronicles: My Two Years in Peace Corps
4-Sep-2008

Mark in Paraguay
4-Sep-2008

Laara’s Paraguay Adventure
4-Sep-2008

¡Jahakatu a Paraguay!
4-Sep-2008

Peace Corps ’08 – ’10
3-Jun-2008

Real World – Paraguay
3-Jun-2008

Reflection on a Forgotten Land
24-May-2008

Lori’s Adventure
24-May-2008

Torta lacta Est
4-May-2008

Peace Corps Paraguay and other related stories
21-Apr-2008

wanderlove
13-Mar-2008

PeaceCorps: Paraguay
11-Feb-2008

Becoming American
9-Jan-2008

Rachel’s Adventures
21-Dec-2007

Paraguay
5-Dec-2007

Travel Blog: Peace Corps Paraguay
3-Dec-2007

Travel Blog: Peace Corps adventures in Paraguay (2007-2009)
3-Dec-2007

Latin Scandimerica: life after the UW
21-Nov-2007

The ride known as the Peace Corps. My adventures serving in Paraguay.
20-Nov-2007

Hellbent73
20-Nov-2007

Melissa’s Peace Corps Experience
18-Nov-2007

Gateway to Paraguay
14-Nov-2007

matt
14-Nov-2007

G-21
14-Nov-2007

The Paraguayan Reverie: A Peace Corps Journal
6-Nov-2007

Chronicles of a Landlocked Island
6-Nov-2007

Carly’s Corps Chapter
4-Nov-2007

The Birds and the Bees
26-Oct-2007

Peace Corps Paraguay
30-Sep-2007

Peace Corps in Paraguay
30-Sep-2007

Loco Mocos
30-Sep-2007

Jaha Javy`a in Peace Corps Paraguay
26-Aug-2007

South American Adventures
24-Aug-2007

CoCuMu (Compartiendo Cultura Mundial) – PC PY
19-Aug-2007

GAD Committee – Peace Corps – Paraguay
17-Aug-2007

Brad in Paraguay
10-Aug-2007

champagne wishes and caviar dreams
10-Aug-2007

counterclockwise
4-Jul-2007

Peace Corps in Paraguay
4-Jun-2007

The Adventures of Betsy
28-May-2007

Adventures of the Kilipino
29-Apr-2007

Bradley
15-Apr-2007

El Corazón de Sudamérica
15-Apr-2007

Jill Katakowski
1-Apr-2007

Jennifer Papillo
1-Apr-2007

Wendy Owens
1-Apr-2007

Alec Jarvis
1-Apr-2007

Kristen Rahn
1-Apr-2007

Katrina Schnobrich
1-Apr-2007

My Life in Paraguay: PC Service
8-Mar-2007

Rewind
9-Feb-2007

Lauren’s blog
7-Feb-2007

Young Life
7-Feb-2007

The Many Adventures of Lil Bud
17-Jan-2007

PC Paraguay 2007
11-Jan-2007

Jason in Paraguay
31-Dec-2006

Friends of Paraguay
13-Dec-2006

Wanderings of the Mind…
11-Dec-2006

Daniel Emilio Vecchi
11-Dec-2006

Destination Yonder
30-Nov-2006

Eric’s Paraguay Adventures
26-Nov-2006

Angela and Adam’s Peace Corps Shenaningans in Paraguay
12-Nov-2006

An Island Surrounded by Land: Adventures in Paraguay
5-Nov-2006

Beesinparaguay
29-Oct-2006

Casey in the Peace Corps
24-Sep-2006

gringonparadise
6-Sep-2006

bradley
24-Aug-2006

2 Years in Paraguay
24-Aug-2006

Paraguay Adventures
24-Aug-2006

Campo Adventure
24-Aug-2006

peaces of Paraguay
24-Aug-2006

jerms401′s Xanga Site
24-Aug-2006

kimmyp44
24-Aug-2006

Peace Corps Paraguay’s Group A-21
18-Aug-2006

Peace Corps Paraguay A-15 Nande Roga
18-Aug-2006

Dispatches from the field – Jenn Albee
15-Aug-2006

scott whoolery
30-Jun-2006

Adventure
1-May-2006

Acuna Batata
23-Apr-2006

Bryan’s Paraguayan Adventure
16-Apr-2006

Jill’s Peace Corps Paraguay Page
13-Apr-2006

Paraguay Journal
3-Apr-2006

portia’s Journal
2-Apr-2006

The Life of Jill
29-Mar-2006

Killer Beekeeper
28-Mar-2006

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Mennonites in Paraguay

I visited Loma Plata and Filadelfia years ago in the middle of the Chaco where is practically a desert not developed, not even Paraguayans know to do with that part of the land, I was really impressed how the colonies were developed, they have everything, they help each other, they have a cooperative, and they even interact with local indigenous natives that was surprising to me that the native spoke german and not spanish, they actually spoke platdeustch which is a dialect…they have a world of their own, hard to believe to find a civilization like that in the Paraguayan Chaco. They are great working people, organize, pacific and their dairy products are the best of whole Paraguay. I finished high school in a Mennonite school called Colegio Aleman Concordia in Asuncion, one of the best schools in Paraguay, if i move to Paraguay that would be definitely  the school I’m going to send my children to.

A little bit of their History.

Mennonite settlers came to Paraguay from Germany, Canada, Russia and other countries for a number of reasons: religious freedom, the chance to practice their beliefs without hindrance, the quest for land. Although German immigrants had settled in Paraguay before the turn of the 20th century, it wasn’t until the 1920′s and 30s that many, many more arrived.

Many of the immigrants from Russia were fleeing from the ravages of the Bolshevik Revolution and the later Stalin repressions. They traveled to Germany and to other countries, and eventually joined the emigration to Paraguay.

Paraguay welcomed the emigrants. During the War of the Triple Alliance with its neighbors Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina, Paraguay lost substantial territory and many men. Most of Paraguay’s population had settled on the eastern portion of the country, east of the River Paraguay, leaving the vast Chaco almost uninhabited. To populate this region of thorn forests, ponds, and marshes, and bolster both the economy and the dwindling population, Paraguay agreed to allow Mennonite settlements.

The Mennonites had the reputation of being excellent farmers, hard-workers, and disciplined in their habits. In addition, the rumor of oil deposits in the Chaco, and Bolivia’s encroachment on that area, which resulted in the 1932 War of the Chaco, made it a political necessity to populate the region with Paraguayan citizens. (At the end of the war, Bolivia had lost much of its territory back to Paraguay, but both countries suffered loss of life and credibility.)

In return for religious freedom, exemption from military service, the right to speak German in schools and elsewhere, the right to administer their own educational, medical, social organizations and financial institutions, the Mennonites agreed to colonize an area thought to be inhospitable and unproductive due to the lack of water. The 1921 law passed by the Paraguayan congress in effect allowed the Mennonites to create a state within the state of Boqueron.

Three main waves of immigration arrived:

  • a Canadian group from Manitoba founded the the Menno colony in 1926-1927
  • a group from the Ukraine and the area of the Amour river came via China and created the Fernheim colony in 1930
  • a group of Russian refugees founded the Neuland colony in 1947

Conditions were difficult for the few thousand arrivals. An outbreak of typhoid killed many of the first colonists. The colonists persisted, finding water,creating small cooperative agricultural communities, cattle ranches and dairy farms. Several of these banded together and formed Filadelfia in 1932. Filadelfia became an organizational, commercial and financial center. The German-language magazine Mennoblatt founded in the early days continues today and a museum in Filadelfia displays artifacts of the Mennonite travels and early struggles. The area supplies the rest of the country with meat and dairy products. You can watch a video recounting Mennonite history in Paraguay at the Hotel Florida in Filadelfia.

Recognized as the center of the Mennonitenkolonie, Filadelfia is considered the largest and most typical Mennonite community in Paraguay and the growing center of local tourism. The residents still speak Plautdietsch, a language of Canada also called low German, or high German, Hockdeutsch in schools. Many speak Spanish and some English.

The success of the Mennonite community has prompted the Paraguayan government to expand the development of the Chaco, based on the availability of potable water. Some of the Mennonite community fear that their freedoms may be endangered.

The peanut, sesame, and sorgum fields surrounding Filadelfia attract wildlife, mainly birds and that brings the sportsmen from all over the world for pigeon & dove shooting. Others come on South American Hunting Trips or photographic safaris to view endangered wildlife and jaguars, pumas and ocelots.

Others, like several Indian tribes, are drawn by economic reasons. Travelers to the Chaco buy their handicrafts, like those created by the Nivaclé.

With the Trans-Chaco highway linking Asunción (450 km away) and Filadelfia, the Chaco is more accessible. More people use Filadelfia as the base for exploring the Chaco:

  • Jakob Unger Museum in Filadelfia chronicles Mennonite arrival and history, plus material about the Indian tribes of the Chaco. Don’t miss the mural displaying one man’s journey across several countries from Russia to Paraguay.
  • Loma Plata in Menno colony is the oldest and most traditional of the Mennonitenkolonie. The museum exhibits detail early farming life with equipment, a pioneer house and photographs.
  • Neu-Halbstadt in Neuland colony is the center of the colony and a good place to buy Indian handicrafts.
  • Fortín Toledo to visit the reserve of Proyecto Tagua where once nearly extinct peccaries are nurtured and released into the wild.
  • Parque Nacional Defensores del Chaco, a wooded alluvial plain whose major feature is the 500m (1640ft) Cerro León. The dense thorn forest is home to jaguar, puma, ocelot and Geoffrey’s cat. You may be able to get a ride from a ranger as there is no public transportation over the nearly impassable roads.

From Filadelfia, the Ruta Trans-Chaco continues to Bolivia. Be prepared for a dusty ride, in dry weather, with stops at Mariscal Estigarribia and Colonia La Patria, though don’t expect any amenities. If you are there in September, take time for the Transchaco Rally.

Like many travelers, you’ll just might leave the country saying, "I love Paraguay!"

Text by Bonnie Hamre.

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Interesting Info about Paraguay and a bit of History. I know where PARAGUAY IS!

I know where Paraguay is….Do you?

 

Mapa Py

Paraguay is a landlocked country that borders with Argentina, Brazil, and Bolivia. it is politically divided into 17 departments, Alto Paraguay, Alto Parana, Amambay, Boqueron, Caaguazu, Caazapa, Canindiyu, Central, Concepcion, Guaira, Itapua, cordillera, Misiones, Ñeembucu, Paraguari, Presidente Hayes, San Pedro, and Asuncion, the Capital District. The tropic of Capricorn passes through the city of Belen, located in the Department of Concepcion, dividing the country into a tropical area to the North and a temperate on to the South.

The country has a total surface area of 406.752 square kilometers, divided in two well differentiated natural regions, the Easter or Oriental Region and the Western or Chaco Region, each one with their own fauna, flora, and particular characteristics.

Although Paraguay is landlocked, the country is watered by numerous rivers, streams and lakes, which are all part of the La Plata River Basin. The Guarani Aquifer, considered one of the biggest fresh water reserves on the planet, flows underground. The Paraguay and Parana Rivers, which are the main waterways, are evoked in traditional music and poetry.

Asuncion, the Capital City with a population of 600.000 offers the profile of a cosmopolitan city with a warm atmosphere. With wide avenues covered by numerous species of trees that bloom during every season of the year, Asuncion boasts modern hotels, shopping malls, and theaters alongside more traditional and historic architecture.

Other important Cities include Encarnacion, Ciudad del Este, and Pedro Juan Caballero, all of them on the borders with Argentina and Brazil, also with well developed hotel infrastructure, nightlife, and natural beauty.

Paraguay, formerly called “The Giant Province of the Indies” was born as a result of the encounter of the Spanish conquerors with the native Guarani indigenous groups. The meeting of these two distinct cultures was a process that assumed very particular characteristics here, that differs from all its neighbors in South America. The living manifestation of this “crossing” of civilizations is expressed most notably in the use of two languages, Spanish and Guarani, concurrently thought-out the country and legally enshrined by the Constitution.

starting in the 15th century, Paraguay became the main route to other destinations around the continent. Asuncion has been traditionally known as “Mother of Cities”, serving as a place from where the Spaniards departed to found new Colonies.

The Franciscans, on the other hand, arrived in Paraguay in the second half of the 16th century and they founded several communities throughout the country, Their cultural influence was enormous, due to the fact that they consolidated the life style of locals and the daily of use of both, the Spanish and Guarani Languages. Some of these works of art can be seen in the churches and museums of the cities of Capiata, Yaguaron, Ita, Altos, Caazapa, Atyra, Ypane, Piribebuy and Tobati, just a shor ride from Asuncion.

A substantial chapter in the history of the country was the presence of the missionaries of the “Company of Jesus” (Jesuits 1609 – 1968), and constituted one of the great utopian period experiences in the region establishing what was known as the Reductions of Guarani Tribes. Important testimonies in the country left from that time are: the Ruins of Santisima Trinidad and Jesus (declared World Heritage Site by Unesco), San Ignacio Guazu, San Cosme and San Damian, Santiago, Santa Maria and Santa Rosa. Arts and music flourished during this period and left an artistic legacy of supreme beauty also know as the “Guarani Baroque”.

The post Jesuit era was characterized by the decrease of population in the Reductions until they were totally abandoned. The balance based on the reciprocity and redistribution, main Jesuit- Guarani model characteristic was broken due to the spiritual and human power separation.

Paraguay becomes independent from Spain in 1811. A Provisional Government is created and even since, the country has been through different periods including two wars, dictatorships, democratic transition and finally constitutional regimes.

This text is courtesy of Senatur, (I hand copied it, but it was well worthy)

py108 Map of Paraguay

 

THE MORE I KNOW ABOUT THIS COUNTRY THE MORE I LOVE IT.

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Sharing my Paraguay Vintage Postcards Collection

It took me some time to be able to get such a great collection, these antique postcards and photos are actually very hard to get and it took a lot of time, I would like to share it with you, so you can have an idea of how Asuncion used to look like in older times. Enjoy!!!

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If you go to McDonalds, you don’t know where Paraguay is…

This is a McDonalds commercial that was aired recently on national television.

Woman 1: You know I heard McDonalds is making lattes now.

Woman 2: McDonalds? Well that’s just…fantastic!

W1: Isn’t it?! Now we don’t have to listen to jazz all day long!

W2: I can start wearing heels again.

W1: Read gossip magazines! (tosses book away)

W2: Watch reality TV shows…

W1: I like television!

W2: I can’t really speak French.

W1: I don’t know where Paraguay is!

W2: Paraguay?

W1: I just want to show my knees sometimes too.

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Living and Working and Paraguay

Paraguay has always been a good option to retire and even to move to escape of the rat race kind of living. The pace of life is slow, at least slower than in many countries, services are still pretty cheap, like house cleaning, salons, teachers, baby sitting, housemaids, etc. The distances are pretty small between one spot and the other, even though traffic can be really bad at rush hours it is still pretty fast to get from one point to the other.

Downtown Asuncion shows a lot of abandonment, abandoned houses, and after 7pm the city looks like a house town, but all the noise is moving to other neighborhoods full of shopping, stores, malls, cafes, and a more busy night life.

Don’t expect people walking on the streets at night like it is in Buenos Aires (one of my favorite south American cities) but you will find most malls full of people open until 9 pm which is still pretty good. People go out for dinner late at night so restaurants open during weekdays until 11pm or midnight and later on the weekends. Malls are pretty nice because they have groceries stores, cinemas, food courts, and nice brands to find anything you want.

Also many cultural activities, galleries, plays, events, many parties (that must be a latin thing, some people dont have money to eat but they will always get the way to organize a party somehow, amazing!)

Making friends is really easy there, people are very helpful and caring, most of them will be willing to get out of their regular schedule to help you around.

Rent varies between 1.500.000 Gs. (for a nice apartment) to around 5.000.000Gs for a big nice house in a good neighborhood. I’ve have seen these prices raise comparing it to years ago where the rent was really really cheap.

Working in Paraguay is another story, not so easy…unless you are an entrepreneur your chances to get a good job is limited, unless of course you get hired by the american school with a contract already (you can get information about that in job fairs, they offer really good packages to teach in Asuncion), peace corps is another great way to get to Paraguay, and help local people.

And of course my always good recommendation is to learn Spanish before you get to Paraguay, that is very important, unless you are there for a couple of weeks on vacation but to live there is a must to know Spanish. 

To entrepreneur the sky is the limit, there are so many things to do in Paraguay…Who wants to hire me??!! I can help with many projects, what about a foundation there? anyone into that, let me know!…

Ah, talking about this subject I just remembered that my friend is helping with this very nice international website that has been very helpful for people wanting to travel to Paraguay and the world, check it out:

 

http://www.couchsurfing.com/

Maybe you find it interesting and start planning your trip to Py very soon ;)

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Very interesting article about Paraguay

Source: www.magazinedigital.com

I know all the photographers in this article, and I like their point of view of different Paraguayan aspects. Sad article, but unfortunately true =(

 

Autorretrato de América Latina VI Paraguay/Uruguay

Paisaje después de la dictadura

Texto de Claudi Carreras

Uruguay y Paraguay son dos países muy cercanos culturalmente, pero muy desconocidos más allá de sus fronteras. La serie Autorretrato de América Latina ofrece un recorrido fotográfico por dos estados que aspiran a superar años de dictadura y a ganarse un lugar más allá de la sombra de Argentina y Brasil.
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Una empresa colocó este cartel en la avenida España y otro igual en otra avenida. La toma es directa, no hay ningún tipo de manipulación digital. (De la serie Registro Asunción, de Gabriela Zucolillo)

Uruguay y Paraguay son dos países muy distintos que mantienen rasgos coincidentes y una historia común. Además del pasado colonial hispano, los dos estuvieron azotados por férreas dictaduras militares que, como en el resto de la región, dejaron un saldo de cientos de desaparecidos y heridas que aún están cicatrizando.
Paraguay es uno de los países más desconocidos del Cono Sur. Los mismos paraguayos, al referirse a él, comentan que es como una isla rodeada de tierra. A diferencia de sus vecinos, no es especialmente rico en recursos naturales y basa buena parte de sus ingresos en la economía sumergida propiciada por el tráfico de productos hacia Argentina y Brasil. El país tiene una de las poblaciones más homogéneas de América Latina, formada por descendientes de europeos, especialmente españoles, e indígenas guaraníes. Sus lenguas oficiales son el castellano y el guaraní.
En Uruguay, la población es básicamente de origen europeo. A pesar de que su nombre proviene del Guaraní, el río del país de los pájaros pintados, la población indígena fue totalmente erradicada en 1831. Es el segundo país más pequeño de América del Sur y uno de los más prósperos, aunque actualmente está sumido en una profunda crisis. Según la ONU, es el Estado de Latinoamérica con el grado de alfabetización más alto y el que tiene una distribución de riqueza más equitativa. A finales del siglo XIX, se le conocía como la Suiza de América, pero actualmente su economía está demasiado vinculada a Argentina y es muy vulnerable a los altibajos de su gran vecino.
En el campo artístico, la producción de los dos países no es demasiado relevante en la región. Las sucesivas crisis sociales y económicas han provocado un éxodo de creadores hacia Europa y Estados Unidos debido a la falta de recursos y las persecuciones políticas de las dictaduras. Los artistas que resisten se ven obligados a lidiar con la falta de circuitos y las escasas posibilidades de prosperar.
Este capítulo de la serie Autorretrato de América Latina presenta escenarios y momentos de la cotidianidad regional. En Paraguay, Carlos Bittar muestra los entresijos de las clases más pudientes de Asunción; imágenes que contrastan con la mirada de Lucas Núñez, que representa el barrio chino capitalino, situado a escasos metros del Congreso Nacional, y en el que cientos de personas malviven diariamente rodeados de drogas y violencia estructural. Juan Britos se aproxima al interior del país, a las zonas de población mayoritariamente indígena. El gran Chaco Paraguayo es una extensión semidesértica con un índice de población bajo y con muy pocas posibilidades de manutención. Sus habitantes se ven obligados a emigrar hacia los países fronterizos o a la capital, Asunción.
El proyecto de Jorge Sáenz Rompan filas denuncia la continuidad de la herencia militar en el país, centrándose en el servicio militar obligatorio, que hasta finales de los noventa duraba tres años y era la pesadilla de muchos jóvenes paraguayos. La publicación de un libro con estas imágenes contribuyó al fin de la obligatoriedad. Finalmente, Gabriela Zucolillo, en su serie Registro Asunción, muestra algunos absurdos de la ciudad: cables por todos lados y carteles publicitarios configuran el paisaje habitual de la capital. La imagen Dios, ten piedad de nuestro país representa como ninguna el sentir de muchos de sus habitantes.
Ya en Uruguay, Daniel Behar se aproxima a la cotidianidad local y a los ratos de ocio, retratando personajes en bares y cafeterías. El país es uno de los más tranquilos de América Latina, con bajos índices de violencia y alta calidad de vida. Ricardo Antúnez critica la progresión de los centros comerciales en detrimento de los negocios tradicionales, e Iván Franco acompaña a jóvenes de Montevideo a un gran concierto en el interior del país.
El campo uruguayo ha quedado, en muchos sentidos, paralizado en el tiempo. El escritor Eduardo Galeano escribe sobre el proyecto fotográfico de Alejandro Dubé, realizado en la zafra azucarera: “Estas fotografías, tomadas hace cinco minutos, son también imágenes de hace cinco siglos… Más parecen esculpidos que fotografiados estos rostros, estas manos, estos cuerpos. Quizá son un monumento que rinde homenaje a los peludos de hoy y también a los de ayer, a esos millones de hombres que extenuaron sus vidas en los cañaverales y en los ingenios para dar dulzura a las mesas del mundo”.
Y para finalizar, Juan Ángel Urruzola, exiliado político durante la dictadura militar y hoy residente en el país, recupera la presencia de los desaparecidos, recolocando personalmente sus rostros en las calles de Montevideo.

Un soldado de asistencia personal da a su general un refresco popularmente llamado terere en la costa del Río de Paraguay (Concepción, 1992)

Mundo militar

Jorge Sáenz
PROYECTO: ROMPAN FILAS
“Fotografío con mi cabeza, sobre todo este tipo de ensayos como el que se está publicando ahora, en los que la vocación fundamental es política. Pero también fotografío con el corazón, a partir de odios increíbles provocados por injusticias de las que aquí todos somos testigos… Fotografío por una luz que me seduce, por aburrimiento, por curiosidad, deteniéndome en texturas insignificantes, y también y sobre todo por amor, por el amor a los que quiero, ya que para mí la foto es una forma de comunicar también en el terreno íntimo de los sentimientos…” Jorge Sáenz (Buenos Aires, 1958) es corresponsal de Associated Press en Paraguay. Es el coordinador del Taller de Ensayo Fotográfico en Buenos Aires y Asunción. Ha publicado diversos libros, entre los que destacan Rompan filas, El embudo, El aburrimiento y El amigo de Hortensia.

Castigo conocido como de las mil vueltas, típico de un batallón de reclutamiento (Asunción, 1990)

Autorretrato de América Latina VI Paraguay/Uruguay

Paisaje después de la dictadura

Texto de Claudi Carreras

Uruguay y Paraguay son dos países muy cercanos culturalmente, pero muy desconocidos más allá de sus fronteras. La serie Autorretrato de América Latina ofrece un recorrido fotográfico por dos estados que aspiran a superar años de dictadura y a ganarse un lugar más allá de la sombra de Argentina y Brasil.
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Casamiento civil en Asunción, agosto del 2006.

El azar

Carlos Bittar

“La dimensión lúdica de la fotografía me motiva a registrar mecánicamente ciertas situaciones, lugares y personas; momentos que surgen muchas veces del azar en lo planificado. Fotografiar es mi manera de conectarme al mundo y de descubrirme a través del juego que se establece entre mi persona y el exterior, cámara de por medio. Últimamente tiendo a pensar, luego de ir revisando mi archivo fotográfico cada tanto, que mi relación con la fotografía no es más que un cuaderno de apuntes. Es una manera de ir jalonando mi tiempo en el espacio.” Carlos Bittar (Asunción, 1961) trabajó durante varios años como fotógrafo de prensa. En la actualidad es fotógrafo independiente y profesor de Fotografía en Asunción.

Un joven fuma un cigarrillo en el barrio chino de Asunción, justo a los pies del Congreso Nacional Paraguayo.

Marginados

Lucas Núñez
“Me interesa mostrar las vivencias de las personas que habitan este lugar, ubicado a los pies del honorable Congreso Nacional Paraguayo. He conocido chicos lustrabotas que hoy en día se han convertido en asaltantes, al no tener otra elección. La droga, el alcohol, los robos, el reguetón y las muertes son el pan de cada día en el barrio chino. Chicos que a los ocho años roban celulares y a los 16 matan sin piedad. Consecuencia de un Paraguay sin políticas sociales y con un alto grado de corrupción.” Lucas Núñez (Asunción, 1974) ha trabajado en los principales medios locales del país y en la agencia Reuters. En la actualidad colabora regularmente con la agencia Associated Press y trabaja como fotógrafo ­independiente.

Niños de la comunidad toba qon juegan a la pelota en Cerrito, Bajo Chaco (Paraguay).

Rescate cultural

Juan Britos
PROYECTO: ORIENTE/OCCIDENTE. COMUNIDADES INDÍGENAS
“En 1992 comencé mi proyecto sobre las comunidades indígenas de Paraguay y durante 10 años he viajado por todo el territorio visitando cada uno de estos pueblos que conviven en un mismo territorio, pero que culturalmente difieren entre sí. El rescate de estas culturas originarias de Paraguay lleva a tener en cuenta el concepto de patrimonio cultural de una sociedad. Las costumbres, los usos, las creencias, constituyen parte del patrimonio intangible de nuestro país. Los nativos que habitaron estas tierras antes de la colonización europea fueron paulatinamente enterrados y domesticados. Hoy la situación de extrema pobreza y la falta de perspectivas llevan a los nativos a dejar sus tierras y trasladarse a las ciudades, donde deben someterse a situaciones de marginación, discriminación y violencia.” Juan Britos (Asunción, 1967) ha sido corresponsal de AP en Paraguay y desde 1995 trabaja como fotógrafo independiente en diversos medios de prensa locales y en proyectos personales recorriendo el interior del país.

 

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AvenidanEusebio Ayala, esquina República Argentina.

Detalles de la ciudad

Gabriela Zucolillo
PROYECTO: REGISTRO ASUNCIÓN (DISEÑO URBANO CONTEMPORÁNEO)

“Esta serie fue producto de un sistemático registro casi etnográfico que realicé durante más de un año en la ciudad de Asunción. Intentando detenerme en los cientos de detalles que por costumbre y la naturalización nos pasan inadvertidos. Así, la serie intenta dar cuenta de las prácticas urbanas –los usos y costumbres, digamos– de nosotros, los ciudadanos, que reflejan el tipo de relación que mantenemos con nuestro espacio público.” Gabriela Zucolillo (Asunción, 1967) es antropóloga y fotógrafa. Desde 1992 expone regularmente en las principales salas del país. También se dedica a la gestión de proyectos culturales en Paraguay.

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Lugo’s Assumption news paper articles.

While I was in Paraguay, last August 15 Lugo has assumed the Presidency in Paraguay, Many Neighborhood Country Presidents and also other countries send their representatives to Lugo’s Assumption act. I was a nice day, no chaos.

People expects too much for this new Government, obviously the first week was hard specially on the Public sector because many new employees where hired, and other were fired, specially the ones in “cargos de confianza” trust charges…and it seems that many of the antique employees don’t get along very well with the new ones from different political party…Well, that was expected anyway, the transition is always difficult.

I just hope that Lugo and his ministries are capable people to bring a country like Paraguay forward, Paraguay has a huge potential and a very good physical location, but sometimes I have my doubts about the kind of people that Lugo put in charge of some Public Charges…Regardless I still have faith in this new government, we choose the change, and for now I will stick on it…I hope time will prove us right…but I know that real changes depends on the strength of the whole folk pulling the string together, a President can’t make miracles alone, right? We all are socially responsible and it is up to us to do it. 

A friend of mine send me some very interesting scans of that day and the following days…newspaper articles, very hard to get.

I hope someone can benefit from these information some day.

Thank you Dario for all these scans! (more too come soon)

ABC-15-08-08-Pag.2-3-Lugo

ABC-15-08-08-Pag.4-Lugo
ABC-15-08-08-Pag.5-Lugo

ABC-15-08-08-Pag.6-Lugo

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Radio Station

This has nothing to do with Paraguay but i would love to share this Website with you, its www.pandora.com, its a great great station where you create your own radio station with music you really like, you insert a singer or song and the program will find similar songs and play in that station, you even can vote on the songs if you dont like them they wont play on that station anymore, and you can share you stations with your friends…it is just awesome!!

Check it out, and enjoy the music!

I’m enjoying Pearl Jam at the moment, it rocks!!!

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A cute slide show of my jewelry

 

http://www.rockyou.com/show_my_gallery.php?source=ppsl&instanceid=122425121


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