Wilfredo So Far… represents digital images created over the last five years of documenting my 94 year-old father’s life. The project began, in some sense, 20 years ago, when I moved to New York to get to know him better, after about thirty years of absences, on his part, from my life. I had photographed him before, but in the last 10 years I had begun videotaping and audio recording his many stories about growing up in Cuba, the revolution and his exile. While he is quite the raconteur, whenever the machines would turn on he became more stayed and formal in his telling. As I became frustrated with the audio, I began filling in the time with the photographic. Not meant to be illustrative, the photos nevertheless capture his day-to-day, his joie de vivre, his anachronistic fashion sense, and his slow decline. Over the last five years he has experienced several near death illnesses, a few funerals, and the last days of his ability to live on his own in his New York apartment of the last 50 years. I hope to compile this work, and the work I can create with what is left of his days with us, along with my earlier photos of him and photos from my family archive, into a written narrative, a comprehensive telling of a long and complicated life.
Hugo Fernandez was born in Miami, Florida, 1962. He graduated from Miami Dade Community College in 1985 with an Associates in Communication and in 1989 from Florida International University with a Bachelors in Fine Art Photography. In 1993 he graduated from the Yale School of Art with a Masters in Fine Art Photography. He lives in New York and has taught art and photography courses at LaGuardia Community College since 1994.
Friday, July 19, 2013
7:00pm until 10:00pm