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The giants watch us 

The present photographic series documents some of the emblematic buildings of Havana. The calm and stillness transmitted by these images are presented as analogies of the state of social stagnation of a country that has been for many years, stopped in time. From this perspective, his usual utilitarian function shifts towards the possibility of awakening sensations, which emanate from a monumental aesthetic, will carry other meanings.

Sarah Bejerano cuba photography landscape phosmag

© Sarah Bejerano

Sarah Bejerano cuba photography landscape phosmag

© Sarah Bejerano

Sarah Bejerano cuba photography landscape phosmag

© Sarah Bejerano

Sarah Bejerano cuba photography landscape phosmag

© Sarah Bejerano

The contrapicado point of view, the selective defocus and  the framing, distort their appaerance, and turn them into small observers of time, memory and experiences, incorporated as a substantial part of our own existence. Inclined framing and selective blurring hardly make these buildings recognizable as urban landmarks, pretending to engage the viewer with a sense of continuous expectancy, at a moment when something seems to happen. These passive giants remain expectant to the changes that should have taken place years ago on the Island, they carry an antinomy, because despite their rigid structures, the beauty and harmony that caracterizes them, lead us to think of their power to continue to being themselves, emblems of change and movement.

The photographs of this series has been made in a Kodak Color Plus 200 Film and a Zenit Camera (my father’s inheritance).

Sarah Bejerano cuba photography landscape phosmag

© Sarah Bejerano

Sarah Bejerano cuba photography landscape phosmag

© Sarah Bejerano

Sarah Bejerano cuba photography landscape phosmag

© Sarah Bejerano

 

BIO

Born in La Havana, Cuba.
After graduating in Audiovisual Communication from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, I continued my studies at the Film Studies Center of Catalonia specializing in Photography Direction. I participated in individual and collective exhibitions both in Barcelona and in Havana.
Photography has become a means of expression that allows me to narrate immediately what is around me day by day. I try to express the basic concepts of the small details of the routine life, the enigmas and the restlessness that are hidden in them.
My work is based on the constant experimentation and investigation of the possibilities offered by the different photographic, thematic and technical formats. I have touched on a wide range of photographic fields and experiences. I seek the union between technique, theoretical concepts and creativity. I try to capture those details that are hidden from the superficial look and go beyond the mere enjoyment of the environment that surrounds us. I am interested in revealing the different layers that make up this reality in which we live that presents us as “real”. In my series, what I look for are sensations, colors, memories, and each artistic project is the result of personal introspection. My concerns arise from reflection, the senses and the emotion. In my work the act of walking, identity, introspection and connection with the environment become essential elements.

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Sarah Bejerano