Ana Maria Arévalo
Ana Maria Arevalo was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1988. In autumn 2010 she moved to Toulouse, France, for 4 years. After studying political sciences for a year, Ana was admitted to ETPA, école supérieure de photographie in 2011. There she developed a taste for the documentary style, which she keeps developing and refining through the years. In 2011 she met a family of Rumanian gypsies in Toulouse and over a period of three years she photographed and documented their lives. The resultant photography series Les Gitans de Toulouse is the beginning of a defining work that will mark her style.
In spring 2015 Ana made a workshop with the LFI in Hamburg and the photographer Jacob Aue Sobol, where she had to photograph a love poem. She created the images for a photography series and the audiovisual Crashing into you. This photography body of work granted her a sponsorship with Leica cameras to work more in depth about her personal projects.
In winter 2015 Ana flew back to Venezuela where she began a photojournalistic research about the conditions of women in prison, she interviewed and photographed women in different prisons in Venezuela.
In spring 2016 a family emergency that needed her presence made her come back to Hamburg and the work stayed incomplete. She photographed and documented her husband’s fight with cancer in a series called The Meaning of life.
In the end same year she funded a Crowdfunding selling some of her prints to fund a next travel to Venezuela to research more in depth about the subject of women in prison.
She has been published in newspapers like Libération, Tal Cuál, Szene Magazin, Der Spiegel, 20 Minutes.