Andrea Lavezzaro

b 1982 São Paulo, Brazil. Lives and works in Berlin.

ARTIST STATEMENT

When I was a child, I used to spend most of the time drawing – to play, to learn, to escape, and even as a way to interact with others. My grandfather taught my father how to draw fairly well, hence I inherited it.
Because drawing was an activity I always enjoyed, I mistakenly chose to study fashion design, only to find out later that the fashion world is definitely not for me. Luckily, all the disappointment and pressure I had while dropping university served for me as inspiration to immerse myself into photography. I started working with an analog camera, a tool that remains untamed in my hands, and a reason why I still adore it – regardless of how much I can control the camera, there are always elements of surprise interfering with my expectations, and I allow a great amount of my work for those interferences to happen freely, as if somehow I become aware that sometimes I must lose control during my processes and give the space to other forces (whatever it might be). But I am also a strong user of flash, digital and even mobile cameras – for me, all tools are valid.
My interest lies in street and documentary photography, as well in more poetic approaches, as long as there is some sort of provocation either in the theme or in the visual of those images – all of that is quite the opposite of the photography I do commercially, which is mainly cheesecake nudes of females, a field I am not particularly enthusiastic about, but has been supporting me financially for the past 11 years, working strictly with photography, therefore giving me enough freedom to keep on pursuing my ideas and further explorations. 

Vita

Education:
  • Fashion Design, FASM / São Paulo -2000/2002
  • Mentored by Eli Reed, Magnum Photos / Paris - 2014
  • Masterclass with Bruce Gilden, Magnum Photos / Paris - 2014
  • Mentored by Bruce Gilden , Magnum Photos / Tokyo - 2015
  • Seeing Through Photographs, MoMa / New York - 2016
  • Artist in Residence UAP / São Paulo - 2014, 2015 and 2016
Exhibitions:
  • It’s a Match! Ori Gallery, November 2016, Berlin Vinyl Stories/These Walls, Edel Ag, November 2016, Hamburg
Group exhibitions:
  • Paris Photo Week at Magnum Photos Office - September 2014, France
  • Nippon Photo Institute - March 2015, Japan
  • Paraty em Foco - Agosto 2015, Brazil
Awards:
  • First place of the 2016 Leica/Huawei collaboration competition “It’s all about music"
Publications:
  • Leica Fotografie International - August 2016
  • Positive Magazine - September 2016
  • PH Museum - October 2016
  • Leica Fotografie International - February 2017

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