The Mayor of Mazarrón, Gaspar Miras, and the Councillor for Culture, Ginés Campillo, have inaugurated the exhibition ‘Passio et Silentium’ composed of the winning photographs during the ten years of life of the International Photography Contest of Easter in Mazarrón – ‘Francisco García Jorquera’ Award. 

Both were accompanied by the Chaplain of the Cabildo de Cofradías de Semana Santa de Mazarrón, Antonio José Martínez; as well as the presidents of the Easter week councils of Mazarrón and Puerto, Laly Agüera and Francisco Osuna; and the person in charge of the photographic contest, Juan Francisco Belmar.

The Councilor for Culture, Ginés Campillo, has commented that “this exhibition arises as a result of the exhibition‘ IXUS ’in 2009 that Belmar carried out. Which was the embryo of the current photography contest that had to bear the name of a champion of photography in Mazarrón known as Paco García ”. The Mayor recalled that “the spirit of this photographic contest is that our Holy Week is known outside the municipality”, so that “from the City Council we will continue to support this initiative to continue promoting our Culture and Heritage”, he assured.

Ginés Campillo detailed that “we can see the awarded photographs of Juan Carlos Hervás, Manuel Paredes, José María González, Antonio López, Antonio Atanasio Rincón, Juan Manuel Domínguez, Salvador Madrid, Juan Antonio Quesada, Juan Ramón Martín, José Manuel Ureña, Julián Contreras, Andrés Lozano del Real, José Ramón San José, José Ortuño, José López, José Torres, Pascual Méndez, Norberto J. Vivancos, Miguel A. Ureña, Jesús García and Juan S. Calventus ”.

The person in charge of Culture also announced that “the exhibition can be visited until April 5 in the Town Hall, Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm, also on Thursdays and Friday between 5 pm to 8 pm. The exhibition will be open on Holy Thursday and Good Friday from 10 am to 2 pm so that those who wish, can relive our Holy Week during those designated days through these photographs ”.

The Priest of Mazarrón, Antonio José Martínez, commented that “this is the second activity that we carry out on the occasion of Holy Week, which is added to the exhibition ‘Ad Intra’ with the holders of the Mazarrón brotherhoods” that can be enjoyed at the Sanctuary of La Purísima until Holy Saturday. The parish priest also announced “that another series of activities are being prepared that will be announced shortly so that the neighbours and those who come from abroad can experience Holy Week both from the religious aspect, with the liturgical celebrations, and from the cultural aspect”.

Gaspar Miras, for his part, commented that “this exhibition is going to be experienced in a special way because this year we once again have a different Easter, more dynamic than last year, which was practically nil.” For this reason, it has been deemed appropriate by the City Council and the Cabildos “to transfer a visualization of our Holy Week through the awarded photographs of this contest that bears the name of one of our most distinguished neighbours and photographers, Francisco García Jorquera” .
The Mayor recalled that “the first edition of the Contest was launched in 2010, thanks to the impulse of the Cabildo de Cofradías de Mazarrón and the four brotherhoods that comprise it. At the close of the second edition, it was decided to give a new impetus to the activity, opening it up to participation and broadening its horizons. Since then, the contest has been consolidating and acquiring the distinction that it has to date ”, said Gaspar Miras.

The municipal councillor also highlighted that “in 2015 the definitive accolade came with the incorporation of the Puerto de Mazarrón Cabildo de Cofradías Contest”, congratulating both councils for the work and effort of all these years. It was also in that year when the Mazarrón City Council assumed the sponsorship of the main prize of the Contest, leaving it conformed to the configuration that we know today. Gaspar Miras finally encouraged the residents to enjoy this exhibition in another year in which it will not be possible to enjoy the processional parades and in which “we will have to live Holy Week in a different way.”