Opening of “Victoria,” a success

The photo exhibit "Victoria" opened at the UNAM on September 26, 2013

The photo exhibit “Victoria” opened at the UNAM on September 26, 2013

By José Rodríguez—THE CHICAGO CHAPTER OF THE Fulbright Association joined other sponsoring organizations during the opening reception of the photo exhibit “Victoria,” that took place at the UNAM Chicago (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Chicago) located on 350 W Erie St. #300, Chicago.

The exhibit captures the struggle between life and death through the life of a dancer, with a succession of photographs, poetry and prose of the Venezuelan model and professional ballet dancer Victoria Vargas.

Ron Harvey, Fulbright Chicago Chapter president, dancer Victoria Vargas and photographer Alberto March

Ron Harvey, Fulbright Chicago Chapter president, dancer Victoria Vargas and photographer Alberto March

During her opening words, Ms. Vargas gave an emotional speech on how a connection was established between her life, her triumph against death, her art and the photographers (Alberto March) vision of the paradoxical struggles of an artist through his camera.  “It is not my time to go yet, I will live until I am 127!” Ms. Vargas said.

Dance presentation by Elements Contemporary Ballet

Dance presentation by Elements Contemporary Ballet

Throughout the event, Fulbright Chicago Chapter president Ronald Harvey and other Fulbright Alumni answered questions and distributed information about the association and the Fulbright Program. Elements Contemporary Ballet performed an excerpt of their work-in-progress piece “The Sun King”.

This photo exhibit will remain open until November 26, 2013.

Guests watching the photo exhibit

Guests watching the photo exhibit

Guests who attended the opening of "Victoria"

Guests who attended the opening of “Victoria”

Victoria y Alberto with Javier Laguna,  UNAM Chicago Director and Arturo Castro, Cultural, Business Development, and Special Project Coordinator of UNAM Chicago.

Victoria Vargas and Alberto March with Javier Laguna, UNAM Chicago Director, and Arturo Castro, Cultural, Business Development, and Special Project Coordinator of UNAM Chicago.

María Carbonell, curator of the photo exhibit "Victoria"

María Carbonell, curator of the photo exhibit “Victoria”

Dance presentation by Elements Contemporary Ballet

Dance presentation by Elements Contemporary Ballet

Photos by José Rodríguez and Ronald Harvey

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