Patrick Lopez Jaimes

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CAF awarded a grant to architect and photographer Patrick Lopez Jaimes for his project, “Irei/Following.” Choosing a few specific farmed animals, Patrick followed and photographed sixteen animals at Granjita TyH and Santuario Eli sanctuaries in Mexico for several days, gaining a sense of their personality and character traits (see gallery below). Through this series of intimate and revealing portraits of individuals, Patrick concentrated the gaze on animals who are so often rendered invisible or regarded as having no value within our society. Patrick’s portraits of Ferdinand, a young bull rescued from an industrial farm, were selected to be displayed at the Puebla de los Angeles art biennale in October 2023 (see below). Patrick’s first series of portraits from “Irei/following” of cow M were selected for the XX Photography Biennale in Mexico, which ran until January 2024. The animals below are (gallery, left to right): Ferdinand, Valentino, Anki, Ulises, Mike, and Chu.

Closely linked to his training as an architect, Patrick’s work, generated out of DOS Estudio, focuses on the exploration of power, control, and dominance, and the dichotomy between nature and artifice. Patrick lives in Puebla, Mexico.

Patrick’s concentration on using photography to emphasize the dignity and personality of farmed animals is echoed by that of 2016 grantee Isa Leshko, 2023 Nancy Regan Arts Prize awardee.