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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Andrés de Varona

SPE Member since 2017
Member Chapter: Southeast


Contact is a reconnection to a spirit through the performance of rituals. I create these ceremonies myself and with family members, while often incorporating the last article of clothing that was purchased yet never worn by my mother before she died.

This body of work creates a space for loss as we navigate transitioning family roles and responsibilities. In modern society death is something that's become nearly invisible and something that's typically told to us rather than witnessed due to many medical advancements, technology, and societal norms. In this series, we build a spiritual connection to death by re-inviting it into the home space.

By bridging life and death, these images aim at continuing the conversation and exploration Victorian Spiritualists initiated throughout the late 19th and early 20th century. The visibility of death throughout this time pushed citizens for a new understanding of what it meant to die, and the camera was an instrument that helped rationalize this mystery. In a similar way, my family and I choose to reclaim death by working alongside it.

Open Light




Javi's Healing

New Energy





Sunflower Rite

A Release

Constant Bruising



Circle Memory

Rising in Two

All Night, All Night

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