Juan Manuel Castro Prieto presents his work "Ethiopia" in Zaragoza, sponsored by DKV Seguros

"Ethiopia" is the result of four journeys to Ethiopia by the author, who captures with immense sensitivity the country's social, cultural and religious variety

The National Photography Prize, Juan Manuel Castro Prieto, presented his exhibition Ethiopia in the Assembly Hall of the DKV Tower in Zaragoza. The exhibition will be open to the public until 10 September.

This exhibition is the result of four journeys to Ethiopia made by the photographer between 2001 and 2006. The people depicted in his photos reflect the dignity of the social, cultural and religious variety of this exotic and atemporal country and permit the photographer to express one of the characteristics of his work; his interest in human nature.

Juan Manuel Castro Prieto perceives photography as a tool for conveying sensations. During his journeys to Ethiopia, he focuses on ancestral and primitive elements, which are now facing the gradual introduction of western culture. Castro searches for symbology, metaphor and introspection in the scenes he photographs and rejects the label of photojournalist.

With Ethiopia as the centre of the exhibition, Castro explains that “it is the only African country that has never been colonised, and this fact marked a clear distinction between it and the rest of the continent. Here one can find scenes, lifestyles and situations that belong to past eras”. Castro searches for symbology, metaphor and introspection in the scenes he photographs and rejects the label of photojournalist. “My purpose in Ethiopia was to search for remains of the ancestral memory of the inhabitants and observe how this lifestyle is being contaminated with western culture".

The artist perceives photography as an expressive tool to convey sensations. The people depicted in his photos reflect the dignity of the social, cultural and religious variety of this exotic and atemporal country and permit the photographer to express one of the characteristics of his work; his interest in human nature.

An economist and self-taught photographer, he became a member of the Royal Photographic Society of Madrid in the early eighties. However, it was a trip to Cuzco, Peru, that shaped his artistic career. His work has appeared in several publications and he has held many individual exhibitions, well- known among which are Perú, viaje al sol; Extraños; Esperando al cargo; Paseo por el amor y la muerte, Perú: Martín Chambi - Castro Prieto, and the recent Cespedosa. In 2015, Castro Prieto received the National Photography Prize, for his “remarkable contribution to Spanish photography for its content and aesthetic vision and for innovating and transforming the traditional language of photography from a personal perspective".

Esta exposición, se enmarca dentro del bloque de actividades dedicado al programa Arteria, Colección DKV que tiene lugar en la Torre DKV de Zaragoza entre el 26 de junio y el 1o de septiembre y que incluye, también, un diálogo entre Alicia Ventura y Cecilia de Val sobre la fografía enla Colección DKV, la proyección del documental La sal de la Tierra y un taller de fotografía para niños. The full agenda can be found on here,

DKV Seguros is promoting the DKV Arteria art programme with a number of activities designed to foster artistic creation as a means of communication and expression, of driving health, and as a way of developing personal potential. Given the benefits that art and creativity can have on our well-being, the company is carrying out a programme of activities designed to improving citizens' health through art.

The ARTERIA DKV programme also includes the DKV Art Collection, which comprises nearly 550 works by 225 Spanish artists, the "Fresh Art" competition aimed at pre-university students; and the project " DKV Arte y Salud" in collaboration with the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) which contributes to the training and promotion of new artists.

The DKV Group is part of ERGO, one of the major insurance groups in Germany and Europe. ERGO, with a presence in more than 30 countries, focuses its activities in Europe and Asia. It offers an extensive range of insurance products, pensions and services. ERGO employs 43,000 people, either as salaried employees or as self-employed insurance agents. ERGO is part of Munich Re, one of the leading reinsurers and risk carriers worldwide.

In Spain, the DKV Group has a presence throughout the country. It has an extensive network of branch offices and doctor's offices and a staff of almost 2,000 employees who provide service to 2 million customers.