Hello my name is Andrés Mario de Varona. I was born in Miami, FL in 1996 to a Cuban family. After attending a Jesuit high school I went to college at Indiana University, in Bloomington. Like most people who go to college, I was unsure of what to study. Being interested in images and writing, and pressured to take a more practical approach, I thought I'd be a journalist. Though I was quick to realize that I didn't want to take pictures, but instead create them. Little by little I've learned how to speak a language true to myself. It was my mother's passing that helped me discover this, and it's what galvanized me into wanting to know more about who I am and what I can express.
I set Contact aside in 2019, which was then followed by my move to New Mexico. Since being here, I've been overwhelmed by the intensity of living. My preoccupation with death morphed into an obsession for life. The next chapter of photographs, TRIALS, encapsulates the frictions of reality and wounds from survivors.
As I connect my feelings about these people and places: arenas, trials, battles, I've begun to realize it reflects my own life. At the moment, I feel the camera is a tool for me to measure cycles of indignation and of healing, as well as our growth as human beings, and as a way to record victories.