'Días Eternos' Gallery Opening & Artist Talk with Ana María Arévalo Gosen | Friday, August 12, 2022, 7:30pm
Join us on Friday, August 12th at 7:30 PM EST for an in-person gallery opening and artist talk with photographer and Leica Oskar Barnack Award-winner Ana María Arévalo Gosen at our showroom in Coral Gables.
Ana María will be present and give an artist talk and Q&A about her award-winning project Días Eternos.
WHEN: Friday, August 12th, 2022 from 7:30 - 9:30 PM
WHERE: Leica Store Miami, 372 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, Florida, 33134, United States (Paid street parking available, or, garage parking ($1.25/hr) available behind the store located on Andalusia Ave across from Publix.)
ARTIST: Ana María Arévalo Gosen
Light refreshments will be served.
This event is free and open to the public.
PORTFOLIO REVIEWS WITH ANA MARÍA
Saturday, August 13th, 2022 • 11 AM - 3 PM EST • Leica Store Miami
In conjunction with her gallery opening at Leica Store Miami, Ana María Arévalo Gosen will be conducting complimentary 20-minute portfolio reviews on Saturday, August 13th (11 AM - 3 PM) for photographers who want feedback on their photo projects.
Don't have work for review? This is an open critique. We'd love to have you stop by and listen in as Ana María goes through the work and gives insights into the long-term photo projects and storytelling.
Says Ana María on Días Eternos:
”In Venezuela, the criminal Justice System does not work equally for everybody. It takes away the Rights of the poorest and most vulnerable members of the society. Thousands of women, most awaiting trial and presumed innocent, are expected to be held for 45 days, but Venezuela’s crisis has rendered this notion a memory.
The situation inside the detention centers is a nightmare. They are dark, hot, overcrowded and claustrophobic. Prisoners receive no food, water or medical attention. Some are abandoned by their families and require help from the outside to survive.
Women are not separated from men (let alone transgenders and minors). There is no separation between convicted criminals and people awaiting trial. Pregnant women present infections and loss of placenta, a life threatening complication.
Living under these conditions does not allow rehabilitation nor reconciliation. “When we get out of here [the jail], if we do, we will be worse people than we were before prison”, said Yorkelis (21), who was detained two years ago. She calls “Chinatown”, a one-cell-only prison overcrowded with 60 women, her home.
Some of these women are victims of abuse in the family or coercion by men to commit a crime. The reason for their detentions are drug related, robbery or of political nature. Erika Palacios, is the first woman accused of the “Law against hate”, which forbids any protest against the government.
Faced with this dreadful prison reality, a mandatory task of public debate and political action in Venezuela and Latin American society must learn about the suffering of the incarcerated population in order to help remedy some of these problems. It is urgent to contribute to the urgent establishment of penitentiary institutions that do not violate the Human Rights of detainees.
This project was made with the support of the 2018 Women Photograph + Nikon grant and a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting travel grant.
Días Eternos is the winner of Lucas Dolega International award in 2020, the LUMIX award for best photography series in 2020 and the 1st place of POY LATAM “the strength of women” category in 2019. Finalist of IWPA in 2020 and honorable mention of the PH museum women photograph grant in 2019. Shortlisted to the Getxo Photo Open Call in 2019.
It was part of a collective exhibition in the Organization of American States in Medellin, Colombia (2019). It was selected for the Festival Manifesto in Toulouse, France (2019) Photoville in New York (2020) and in the F3 Freiraum fur Fotografie as part of a collective exhibition selected from the LUMIX Photography festival for young photojournalism.
This series was published in the New York Times, Der Spiegel, El Pais newspaper, Dummy Magazine, Leica Fotografie International Magazine, Foto Femme United, Sueños de la Razón in the edition of Lucha y Poder, Tal Cual newspaper of Venezuela, Wordt Vervolgd and Reporters sans frontières.
In 2019, I delivered a keynote referring to these series in the Conference on defending Human Rights hosted by the Florida Bar International Section Standing Committee in Public International Law, Human Rights and Global Justice.
In 2020, Días Eternos received the LHSA - International Leica Society Photography, as well as the Leica Oskar Barnack Award in 2021.
"I was born in 1988 in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2009, I moved for five years to Toulouse, France, where I studied Political Sciences (at Institut d’Etudes Politiques) and found my passion for photography (ETPA, Ecole de photographie). In 2014, I moved to Hamburg, Germany, and started to work as a visual storyteller. I also worked as a staff photographer for the SZENE Magazine and did freelance work for some outlets.
My roots called me back to Venezuela in 2017 where I developed “Días eternos”, an in-depth work on the condition of women in pretrial detention and prisons in the country. This work was consecutively awarded the first place of the POY Latam in the category “the strength of women”, then the Lucas Dolega Award and eventually the LUMIX photo Award in 2020. It was also finalist for the IWPA. “Días eternos” was made possible by the support of Women Photograph (2018) and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Travel Grant (2018).
My work has been published in international outlets like the New York Times, LFI, 6 Mois Magazine, El País, El Pais Semanal, Wordt Vervold, the Washington Post, DUMMY Magazine… It has been exhibited at the Manifesto Festival in Toulouse (2019), the Helsinki Photo Festival (2020), Photoville in New-York (2020). In April 2018, I was invited to participate in a conference in Defense of Human Rights (FIU, Miami). In partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, I also give classes to high school children.
Currently based in Bilbao, Spain, and still spending long periods of time in Venezuela every year, I am a Women Photograph member, an Ayun Fotografas member and have been a National Geographic Explorer since 2020.
I am a fighter for women’s rights and my weapon is slow visual storytelling."