Moderns Saints Opens at the Ybor City Campus Gallery

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10 October 2013
HCC’s Ybor City School of Visual and Performing Arts Gallery presents Modern Saints, an exhibition of digital photography, prints and alternative video. The exhibition by University of Tampa’s art professor Santiago Echeverry is in conjunction with the campus’ Hispanic Heritage Celebration. Echeverry is of Columbian descent and pulls inspiration from his heritage.  Show will run from October 7 - 29. An artist’s reception will take place on Thursday, October 17 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. with a gallery talk at 6:30 p.m.

Modern Saints explores the nature of human strength and the dichotomy between realism and hyper-pixilation, using three-dimensional grids and video mapping.  The exhibition is a group of digital photos that studies the fears of younger generations and especially the way they have been able to overcome obstacles successfully.
 “In today’s world, without real dragons, who could these saints and their monsters be?” quotes Echeverry. “I asked this question to ten very diverse and talented young people who live and work in Tampa. Each one came up with their own visualizations of their own monsters, frustrations and fears.”

Echeverry worked with this group throughout his photo shoot. “I projected their fears on their faces, using a portable video beam, showing how, at the end, they are all victorious, proud and strangely handsome. This is the portrait of a
new generation that in spite of facing strong difficulties at very young ages, has been able to tame their monsters, with confidence, inspiring all of us to do the same.”

Also included in the exhibition are several self e-portraits created using special digital processing. The artist’s voyeuristic face is deconstructed, exploded, fragmented and then rebuilt. After implementing performance art techniques, lighting experiments, different webcams and constantly adjusting his laptop memory; only a few special images out of over a hundred were selected for print. Echeverry’s Buccaneer Bruce will be part of the exhibition - it is a satirical piece exploring the nature of crime in a city marked by pirates and Gasparilla.

HCC Ybor Gallery hours are Monday and Wednesday - Friday from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays noon to 7 p.m. The gallery is located in the Performing Arts Building, Palm Ave & 15th Street. Events are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the HCC visitor lots, the Ybor Garage on 15th St and the Nuccio Parking Garage. For special arrangements for your visit or a group/class visit, please contact Carolyn Kossar at  813.253.7674 or  For  more information on the artist, please visit
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