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THE END OF ESTRANGEMENT
Formento & Formento
February 1 - March 31, 2016
285 NW 26th Street
Miami, Fl 33127
Mon - Sat | 11 - 7pm
THE SOHO BEACH HOUSE
4385 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
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The End of Estrangement: Photographs of America and Cuba shows the juxtaposition of seeing through their subjects the hardships of their own lives in countries going through their own struggles. The artist’s photographed women they often met on the road and sometimes on the same day of the shoot. Referencing cinema and classic paintings, they dramatize these images making the observer wonder what these women have gone through and where are they headed, giving them a newfound hope in their lives. These fascinating images intrigue the viewer to embark on this journey with the artists. Mesmerized by these women's transformation into heroines or femme fatales we are able to witness a moment of intense emotion and reflection frozen in a world caught between reality and fantasy.
This exhibition consists of photographs from their Circumstance series, which is a body of work they started to produce in 2009 where they traveled cross-country from New York to Los Angeles, stopping through twenty-five states. Since then, they have extended the series to Cuba, Mexico and Japan. Circumstance has to do with how they envision different places in their own culture. Such as, having a natural ability to capture the spirit of desolate settings mixed with romanticism and nostalgia while at the same time bringing out the beauty of architecture, interiors and landscape.
BJ Formento Was born in Hawaii and grew up in the Philippines. After receiving his BFA in Photography from the Academy of Arts University of California, he moved to New York and studied with Eugene Richards, Arnold Newman, Richard Avedon, Mary Ellen Mark, and Annie Leibovitz. Since 2001, he has shot for a host of publications and advertising clients while developing fine art photography.
Richeille Formento Was born in London and attended the prestigious Central St. Martins College of Art before working as an art director and designer.