Faces at Basel
For me personally, Art Basel is the most culturally relevant event that happens in Miami. It pushes all of Miami’s apparent stereotypes – of bronzed bodies, fruity drinks, colorful art deco buildings, and repetitive electronic music – to the wayside, pushing the city to new heights of creative culture.
Originally centered in Miami’s South Beach, the event has spread its influence over the last couple years, overflowing into the surrounding neighborhoods of Coconut Grove, Downtown, Midtown, and Wynwood. Typified by giant white tents lined with paintings, installations, photographs, and art – the events have created a subculture of concerts, brand events, parties, street art, and food trucks. Over a five day span its massive crowds churn locals and tourists together, creating a pu pu platter of ethnicity, language, and experience coursing through Miami’s veins.
Over a three day period, I took photos of the folks I thought were interesting. I didn’t seek to capture the event itself, but the attendees that seemed genuinely excited to be there. I asked them who they were, where they were from, and what they were looking for at Art Basel 2013.
Originally published on The Photographic Journal
Miami, FL 2013
Photographer: Agustin Sanchez
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