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I am a Cuban artist based in Belgium. After graduating in Literature and English Language at the University of Havana, Cuba. I discovered the world of photography and fell in love with it. A few years later, I graduated in Photography at the International Institute for Journalism José Martí in Havana, Cuba. Since then, contemporary photography has become my main medium of artistic expression.
My production focuses on subjects such as cultural heritage, migrations, religion and identity. I see my work as a way to rediscover those topics from a new perspective, sometimes using self-reference as a justification to be part of the speech instead of being the speaker.
My projects have been exhibited in major events such as Paris Photo, AIPAD photography fair New York, shortlisted finalist during PhotoEspaña Madrid, and Bamako Biennale, where I was awarded a special mention by the jury. I have also been part of shows at the Conciergerie in Paris, Robert Mann Gallery and Skoto Gallery in New York, Centre for Fire Arts Bozar in Brussels, Kornhausforum in Bern, Fine Arts museum in Havana, and Pinacoteca do Estado in São Paulo.
My work has been included in the art collections of the Albertina Museum in Vienna (Austria), Pinacoteca do Estado São Paulo (Brazil), Govinda Gallery Washington D.C. (USA), FNAC Photographic Collection Paris (France), Fototeca de Cuba Havana (Cuba), as well as other private collections worldwide.
I’ve been included in books such as “Open Maps: Contemporary Latin American Photography 1992-2002”, Barcelona, Lunwerg Editions, 2005, and “The light in cuban eyes” by Lake Forest College on Madeleine P. Plonsker’s Collection of Contemporary Cuban Photography 2015. In 2003 Hollywood actor Viggo Mortensen alongside editor Pilar Pérez published a monograph on my work called “Trance” by the editorial Percevalpress.
In the middle of 2010, a series of unexpected events associated with my personal life began to unfold, where in a period of three years I had to face the loss of my parents, my newborn son and finally my life partner, all victims of a battle against cancer.
A self-preservation instinct made me continue working and exhibiting my work, however five years later I felt the need to make an impasse to be able to grieve, in addition to rethinking my life, career and being able to resume it now with more clarity.