Alejandra Nava

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Location: Madrid
Nationality: Mexican
Biography: Born in the Port of Veracruz, today she lives in the city of Madrid, Spain. She is a graduate of the EFTI International Center of Photography and Film, having studied the Professional Cycle (2017-2018) and the International Master of Photography... MORE
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Updated May 2020
Topics Abstract, Abuse, Arts, Black and White, Borders, Conceptual, Documentary, Domestic Violence, Editorial, Emotion, Family, Feminism, Fine Art, Fire, Friends + Family, Gender, Immigration, Landscape, Latin America, Lifestyle, Migration, Parenting & Family, Photography, Photojournalism, Relationships, Street, Travel, Violence, Womens Rights
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Es un proyecto en progreso que busca explorar la masculinidad estereotipada por medio de la historia familiar de las generaciones de hombres de mi familia, centrándome en el personaje patriarcal de mi bisabuelo y mi padre. Personajes con historias complejas que han permeado de sucesos importantes mi lugar de origen La Antigua, Veracruz, pero también al contexto familiar y privado, de donde nace mi inquietud para hilvanar y reunir estas historias. Este proyecto fotográfico también propone hacer un entrecruce reflexivo de la migración y el territorio por medio del cultivo de caña. Reconstruir esta historia me permite entender la densidad del territorio público y privado de estos tópicos.
                                                                                         
Mi bisabuelo. Ramón Fernández Cintra, Nació  el 28 de noviembre de 1895. En Remedios, Cuba. De padre asturiano y madre cubana. Fue el único de sus hermanos que no tuvo carrera universitaria, no termino  la primaria. Aprendió mecánica de manera autodidacta leyendo libros de su hermano. A los 18 años se subió a un barco carguero cubano y se vino a México escondido a buscar trabajo. Cuando llego a México se afinco en Villa Cardel, uno de los lugares más importantes de la producción de caña. Busco trabajo ahí y formo parte del trapiche “El Gallo verde”. Poco a poco desde su ingenio construyo un imperio de poder en los cultivos de caña, construyendo un territorio de poder adquisitivo de hectáreas, animales y sobretodo del respeto de la gente de ese pueblo.  


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It is a project in progress that seeks to explore stereotypical masculinity through the family history of generations of men in my family, focusing on the patriarchal character of my great-grandfather and father. Characters with complex stories that have permeated important events in my place of origin La Antigua, Veracruz, but also in the family and private context, from where my concern to weave and gather these stories was born. This photographic project also proposes to make a reflective interweaving of migration and territory through the cultivation of sugarcane. Reconstructing this story allows me to understand the density of the public and private territory of these topics.

My great-grandfather. Ramón Fernández Cintra, born November 28, 1895. In Remedios, Cuba. From an Asturian father and a Cuban mother. He was the only one of his siblings who did not have a university career, he did not finish primary school. He learned mechanics in a self-taught way by reading his brother's books. When he was 18 years old, he got on a Cuban cargo ship and came to Mexico in search of work. When he arrived in Mexico, he settled in Villa Cardel, one of the most important places in sugarcane production. He looked for work there and became part of the "El Gallo Verde" sugar mill. Little by little, from his sugar mill, he built an empire of power in the sugarcane fields, building a territory with the purchasing power of hectares, animals and above all, the respect of the people of that town. 
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