Six Short Stories - Érika Vitela
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Hand Made Book 6 Stapled booklets
Size: 13x5 x 20.5 cm each
Printed in inkjet and laser printers in bond paper 90 g/m2.
Soft covers in different papers.
This book is available in English
Time of delivery 3-4 weeks
This book is composed of 6 autobiographical stories in the form of six booklets. Its structure is similar to the compendiums of short stories commonly found in literature books.
It explores the idea that identities are narratives that are shaped in the same way stories are built. The author combines pictures taken from her family archive with pictures taken by her and organizes them into short stories. In these, everyday life is a sort of scenario where past and present mix and people in the pictures are similar to fictional characters that share concerns, voids, fears and vulnerability, no matter where or when they lived.
Even though the booklets are thought to work as a whole, each of them has an autonomous meaning. In them, the text at the end is crucial since it is intended to question the images previously seen.
The use of the family album is not only a mean to explore memory but also an attempt to question the way pictures in family albums have been used to standardize and dictate gender behaviors. It is also an effort to invade the privilege position of those who traditionally have seen and narrated.
Photographer, art historian, translator and university teacher. She was born in Mexico City. Her academic research is linked to her work as a creator. She is interested in autobiography, female identity construction devices and the relationship between text and image.
She graduated from the University of Claustro de Sor Juana of the Art History Degree and studied English Literature at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. In 2014, the Iberoamericana University awarded her the Excellence Scholarship to study the Master's Degree in Art Studies. In 2013, she was selected to participate in the Contemporary Photography Seminar of the Image Center, in Mexico City.