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Vicente González Mimica: Del Sur, retratos de Punta Arenas y Valparaíso

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The OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas presents these photo series by Chilean photographer Vicente Gonzalez Mimica. In these black-and-white portraits of two cities in the south of Chile, he brings to light this concern with education as an instrument of uprooting. Lost in the anonymous crowd, he seeks to rescue individualities. From his fascination with faces comes fugitive visions, and where he fixes his gaze generates a familiar bond with his heart, allowing him to access another person’s spirit. Mimica is subtly complicit with his subjects, leading them to reveal individualities through sharp contrasts of shapes and forms. His excited curiosity to know another person, amid strange urban spaces, contributes to his stories, in which protagonists are inspired by friends, relatives, colleagues, lovers, or by the person in front of them. Stories that take shape in no particular time, within a family, are formed through emotional ties, resilient with a steady, vital appetite.