Ana Palacios - Albino
The albino children live chained to a tradition that condemns them to unfair discrimination and irreversible skin cancer. Immersed in childhood, they know even then that their future will be harsher than that of their black brothers.
The Kabanga Center is a refuge located in the Kigoma region, and managed by the Red Cross in Tanzania in collaboration with the Spanish NGO AIPC Pandora. They fight daily to create a better world for this ever so vulnerable community.
These children make every second count with their exceptional vitality, fighting for equal opportunities. Just because they have been randomly affect by genetics is no reason why their rights should be violated. They don’t want to be different, because they are not different.
Ana Palacios is a journalist and photographer. She studied information sciences in Pamplona, followed by film and photography in Los Angeles, where she lived for several years. She was born in Zaragoza and currently lives in Madrid. She worked as a journalist for the newsroom at Antena 3 Televisión, she has run communications departments, and for more than ten years she has been working as a film production coordinator, particularly on international co-productions. She has worked with directors such as Ridley Scott, Milos Forman, Tony Kaye, Michael Radford, Jim Jarmusch and Roman Polanski.
Between films, she produces documentary photography, always in connection with development cooperation projects in Asia and Africa. Her photographs raise awareness of childhood and women’s issues for various NGOs, including Manos Unidas, Africa Directo or In Movement. She photographs the world’s broken places: orphanages, asylums, hospitals, psychiatric units, ghettoes and the like. Her intention is to make vulnerable communities visible with a sense of optimism and hope.
She has lived alongside homeless women in India, lepers in China, albinos in Tanzania, tribes in Ethopia, pygmies in Burundi and children at risk of social exclusion in Uganda, who have become the subjects of some of her work.
Represented by Espacio Foto Gallery. She collaborates with Gea Photowords and Fotodos (Madrid). She publishes in national and international media such as The Guardian, Days Japan, XL Semanal, El País, El Mundo writing about issues related to human rights.
In 2015 published her first book “Art in Movement” about art as a tool for social change in Uganda, published by La Fábrica and sponsored by Fundación la Caixa. At the moment she is working on her second book “Albino”, sponsored by the regional government of Huesca and Huesca’s Town Hall.
Ana Palacios’ photographies are in both private and public collections such as:
• DKV Seguros Collection
• María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation.
• Genes y Gentes Foundation (Genes and People Foundation).
• The Heraldo de Aragón Newspaper Museum.
• Fernando de Castro Education for Women Foundation.
• Kilimanjaro Medical Center, Moshi. Tanzania.