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Latin American Fotografia: Alejandro Medina

By David Schonauer   Wednesday December 23, 2015


What are your dreams trying to tell you?

That question is addressed by Los Angeles, California-based visual artist and designer Alejandro Medina  in his series “Eternidad Momentánea” (“Momentary Eternity”).

“Most consider dreams to be pure fiction, fabrications of our mind. However, in his research Freud found that dreams are based on our day to day encounters,” notes Median. “When dreaming, our minds play with different fragments of our lives, rearranging and changing details in them to create spaces and events that appear unrecognizable to our conscious selves.”

Medina’s series explores some of the recurring elements of his own dreams over a period of two years,. One of his images from the series, a depiction of tree roots unearthed by a landslide in Guatemala, was named a winner of the Latin American Fotografia 4  competition. (See at top.)

“Although we might consciously forget about specific details of moments, our subconscious can reach back to them in our dreams,” says Medina. “Recurring elements in our dreams are thus composed of moments in our day-to-day lives that had some sort of impact on us — a certain kind of magic that appeals to our innermost selves and allows us to re live them when we sleep.”  Below are other images from the dream series:


Medina’s series has been shown at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China, the Auckland Festival of Photography in New Zealand, the Mutación: Miradas de Artistas desde América Central festival in France, and the Huéspedes del Presente event in Spain. The 20-year-old artist’s first exhibition, at Guatemala's Museum of Modern Art, came in 2010 at the inaugural Guatephoto festival.

Medina is currently studying architecture at the University of Southern California, with a minor in animation, and he says he hopes to work “ in between the mediums of architecture and photography.”

“I am most interested in bridging these different mediums together with photography,” he says,  “so my most recent projects have been about documenting the architectural object, and then taking those photographs from the 2D back into the 3D world.”

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