Balmaceda Arte Joven and IFOP seek to promote the conservation of the marine ecosystem with an unprecedented artistic exhibition for the community in Los Lagos
1 July, 2024

Balmaceda Arte Joven and IFOP seek to promote the conservation of the marine ecosystem with an unprecedented artistic exhibition for the community in Los Lagos

July 8th, 2024 Periodista Gabriela.Gutiérrez

 The opening of the Exhibition “Immersion: Underwater Photography” will be next July 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the BAJ Gallery and admission is free.

Los Lagos Region, Chile, July 2024.

As an unprecedented milestone, the strategic alliance between science and culture is framed, starring the Fisheries Development Institute (IFOP) and Balmaceda Arte Joven (BAJ), who together will launch the Exhibition “Immersion: Photography of Marine Diversity”, an instance of scientific dissemination to promote the conservation of regional marine ecosystems.

This initiative, which is carried out within the framework of the 60 years of the Fisheries Development Institute, is scheduled to open its doors on July 12 at the BAJ Los Lagos Art Gallery. “The exhibition seeks to expose the underwater beauty of our region through the photographs that our scientists take in their exploratory work. In this way, and with the sensitive view of an institution like Balmaceda, we also want to educate about the crucial importance of preserving our oceans for future generations,” explained Gonzalo Pereira Puchy, Executive Director of IFOP.

For the Regional Director of BAJ Los Lagos, Francisca Paris, this exhibition wants to highlight how underwater photography can act as a bridge between scientific knowledge and the public, inspiring a deeper and more conscious care of our marine ecosystems, “art, in addition to expand horizons and enrich the quality of life, it has the power to be an effective tool for scientific dissemination.”

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The “Immersion” exhibition not only offers an intimate look at the unique geomorphological diversity of our territories, including the Chiloé archipelagos and the infinite channels that make up our coast, but also highlights the urgency of protecting these landscapes that are fundamental to communities local.

This great work of capturing fragments of reality under the sea and an augmented view of the microorganisms of marine ecosystems was carried out by IFOP researchers Karla Álvarez, Pablo Leal, Sebastián Cook, Jorge Mardones and Luis Henríquez, who in this edition develop a line of research within the framework of underwater photography.

Loreto Bravo, National Director of Balmaceda Arte Joven, added: “We are excited to join forces with the IFOP for this project, because we firmly believe in the transformative power of art to foster positive impact. “This exhibition not only celebrates the beauty of our oceans, but also underlines the shared responsibility that cultural and scientific institutions have to protect them and preserve their biodiversity.”

The strategic alliance between Balmaceda Arte Joven and the Fisheries Development Institute (IFOP) reflects a common commitment to addressing environmental challenges from a collaborative and multidisciplinary perspective, joining efforts to inspire awareness and action in communities. With this objective, during the coming months the “Immersion” Exhibition will tour the various Balmaceda headquarters throughout the country.

“We invite all lovers of art, science and nature to join in this celebration of marine life and human creativity,” concluded Francisca Paris.

For more information about the exhibition “Immersion: Photography of Marine Diversity”, visit our website at

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