REPARTEROS

PhotographerJuan Aristides Otamendiz
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Dear Jury, I grew up in 10 de Octubre, a maginal Afrocuban territory in the outskirts of La Habana. Shortage, crime, machismo and alcoholism determine our lifes. The majority of my classmates from elementary school are in prison, left the country or are dead. The portrait series REPARTEROS - RETRATOS DESDE EL BARRIO is dedicated to my people in everyday life beyond the fast lane. candid / documentary photography / ongping long term project since 2015 / La Habana, Cuba

Story

Dear Jury, I grew up in 10 de Octubre, a maginal Afrocuban territory in the outskirts of La Habana. Shortage, crime, machismo and alcoholism determine our lifes. The majority of my classmates from elementary school are in prison, left the country or are dead. The portrait series REPARTEROS - RETRATOS DESDE EL BARRIO is dedicated to my people in everyday life beyond the fast lane. candid / documentary photography / ongping long term project since 2015 / La Habana, Cuba

About Photographer

Juan Aristides Otamendiz * born in Havana / afrocuban documentary photographer / Juan Aristidez worked for years as model and in fashion until he discovered documentary photography / STUDIES: since 2015 photography at „UNEAC-Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba“ in Havana /Juan Otamendiz is a founding member of "MACRO" the first independent Cuban photo agency. The agency is in the founding phase and represents contemporary Cuban photographers / Lives and works in La Habana, Cuba. _____________AWARDS / EXHIBITIONS: * KOLGA PHOTO AWARD 2017 / shortlisted / documentary category / Tbilisi History Museum / GEORGIA * ATHEN PHOTO FESTIVAL 2017 / shortlisted / GREECE * 2017, "F22" presented by the UNIAC-Unión de escritores y artistas de Cuba, February 2017, La Habana, CUBA * 2016 „ TRADICCIONES-contemporary cuban photography“ at ALIANZA FRANCESA, La Habana, Cuba (Group exhibition) upcoming in June 2016 * 2016 „ TRADICCIONES-contemporary cuban photography“ at SOCIEDAD DANTE ALIGHIERI, La Habana, Cuba (Group exhibition), Opening 15. April * 2016 series IDENTIDAD at Gallery FRESA Y CHOCOLATE, La Habana, Cuba (Group exhibition) * 2015 exhibition of the series IDENTIDAD at Gallery „Julio Larramendi“, La Habana, Cuba (Guest artist)