Rodrigo Orrantia

"Tropical Palace"

Tropical Palace

A few years ago I found myself staring at a billboard on the underground, a blown up photograph of a tropical beach, and by it a bungalow surrounded by palm trees and birds, selling paradise at the price of a return flight. This image resonated in my mind as I was strangely seduced by a place I knew didn’t exist. Tourism brands play on the western need for the ‘exotic’, and the idea of a tropical palace sits high in the checklist of mass aspiration.
Like the billboard, this tropical palace is also an imaginary place. It is a palace with many rooms; spaces inhabited by the narratives and atmospheres created by the invited artists. Our “Tropical Palace” plays with the disparity between an idealised tropical destination and a photographed reality, certainly more uncanny and magical than any of its illusory representations.
This projection presents artists working in Colombia who use photography to question individual and national identities, also finding connections with geography and history.

This an invitation to come and stay at our palace.

Rodrigo Orrantia


Natalia Behaine, San Bernardo del Viento, “Where I’ll Always Return”

Camo - Camilo Delgado Aguilera "Pintoresque"

Karim Estefan, "Innerscapes (Certain Words)"

Cristina Figueroa Victoria Holguin, “Palms and Traitors”

June Juno, “Geometrical Thresholds”

Maria Elena Matallana, “Resistance”

Juan Felipe Rubio, “Landscaping Cartagena”

Rodrigo Orrantia

Rodrigo Orrantia is an art historian and curator, specialised in photography and moving image. After graduating from the MA Contemporary and Historical Photography at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in 2011, he has worked in projects for major museums in the United Kingdom, including the National Media Museum in Bradford, Manchester; Museum of Science and Industry; the Science Museum, in London; and art fairs such as Paris Photo and Unseen Photo Fair. To complement his work as curator, he is a regular speaker at Universities in the UK and France, and a reviewer at international photography festivals. He is the editor of the Champion Photobooks collection, to be launched at the Rencontres D'Arles festival, in 2016.

Place of Exhibition

Casa Esperança

More information soon.

Institutional Partners

Braga UM DGArtes GovernoPortugal