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Alejandro Pérez Alvarez

Artist Statement

Photography for me is my way of constructing the kind of small simulacra that the twentieth-century French philosopher Roland Barthes often mentioned. With each story that I document, even though I remain just an observer, I need to search out not just how I see it, but also how I feel it—to know each detail so as to create a kind of visual essence that drives the discourse I am narrating with my camera. In my most recent work, I have aimed to interpret the language of the bodies that dance in the night of a Havana caught up in Carnival; to look for the voice of those on a stage—whether of a cabaret or of their own life—the silence of their transvestite bodies, exploring their lives, their mysteries, their experience and mine all reflected in an image.

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