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Photographer
Andrés Mario de Varona
TRIALS
Photographer
Andrés Mario de Varona
TRIALS
Photographer
Andrés Mario de Varona
TRIALS
Photographer
Andrés Mario de Varona
TRIALS
Photographer
Andrés Mario de Varona
TRIALS
Photographer
Andrés Mario de Varona
TRIALS
Photographer
Andrés Mario de Varona
TRIALS
Photographer
Andrés Mario de Varona
TRIALS
Photographer
Andrés Mario de Varona
TRIALS
Photographer
Andrés Mario de Varona
TRIALS
Photographer
Andrés Mario de Varona
TRIALS
Photographer
Andrés Mario de Varona
TRIALS
Photographer
Andrés Mario de Varona
TRIALS
Photographer
Andrés Mario de Varona
TRIALS
Photographer
Andrés Mario de Varona
TRIALS
Photographer
Andrés Mario de Varona
TRIALS
Photographer
Andrés Mario de Varona
TRIALS
Photographer
Andrés Mario de Varona
TRIALS
Photographer
Andrés Mario de Varona
TRIALS
Gomma Photography Grant 2022 Finalists

Gomma Photography Grant 2022

TRIALS

Photographer

Andrés Mario de Varona

TRIALS

11 Jan, 2023

There’s a sense of struggle and pain in life which is integral to existence; of what I call, being up against yourself. TRIALS’ embodies human existence and the experiences associated with it. Of suffering and mortal fear, relief and ordeal, directness and brutality, a liberation with no winners. In other words, it's about acknowledging ourselves as a living memorial, about people becoming testimonies to events that happened but are no longer there. These photographs aim at encapsulating the frictions of reality, wounds from survivors, and the ambiguity of human conflict.

About the photographer

Andrés Mario de Varona

I was born into two Cuban families and grew up in Miami as a first generation Cuban-American. The majority of my teen years were spent running cross-country while I attended an all male catholic high school. Like most people who go to college, I was unsure what to study. Being interested in images and writing, and pressured to take a more practical approach, I pursued journalism. However, I realized that I didn’t want to take pictures, but instead create them. Little by little I’ve learned to speak a language true to myself. My mother’s death helped me discover this, and it galvanized my need to know more about who I am and what I can express. After graduating, I attended Center’s Photographic Review in Santa Fe which led me to relocate in New Mexico. Since I’ve been here, I’ve become better at resourcing things and working with my hands. Much of my learning and exploring of materials (such as metals, wires, asphalt papers, etc..) has come from working on construction projects with Jerry West, and Refuge collaborations with Marcia Reifman. Art is my tool to measure cycles of indignation and of healing, our growth as human beings, and as a way to record victories. What I create is an access point to myself, as well as an attempt to enter the collective human experience.” - Andrés Mario de Varona