During almost one hundred years thousands of Americans lived comfortably in peaceful tropical communities on the banks of the Panama Canal. Known as Zonians, they dealt with the maintenance of one of the largest engineering works of the world, until 1999 when the Canal was given back to Panama. Since then the Zonians meet annually in Florida in order to recall their lost paradise, being aware that once they have disappeared, their community will be lost forever.
Buenos aires, 1973. Lives in Madrid, Spain. Using images cut by the strangeness, Matías Costa’s work explores the issues of memory and migrations. Journalist graduated, he works as photographer producing long-term series projects and he is contributor for The New York Times, Geo, El País Semanal and other media.
Exhibitions: Photoespaña, Visa pour L´Image, Instituto Cervantes and several venues in Spain, France, Germany, Russia, Mexico, China and United States. His work take part in collections at the Moscow Photography Museum, Comunidad de Madrid, Hubei Museum of Art, Museo de América and private collections. Grants and awards: World Press Photo, Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña, Fondation Hachette, Unicef Photo Award, Fundación La Caixa and nominated for the Prix Pictet. Books: The Family Project (Bokeh, 2012) y Matias Costa (Photobolsillo, La Fábrica, 2011). Founder of Collective NOPHOTO, where he stayed until 2012, is represented by Panos Pictures, London.