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    The Guardians is a photographic installation that integrates people, communities, history and the urban environment. Meant to preserve spaces and… Read More
    The Guardians is a photographic installation that integrates people, communities, history and the urban environment. Meant to preserve spaces and the custodians of the old world, The Guardians was born from Vladimir Antaki’s desire to document and pay tribute to the people who are "guardians of urban temples", people that we meet everyday without really noticing. Antaki stays true to his approach where he takes a portrait of people upon the first xencounter. This is to ensure the photo captures the real essence of a person without having a bias and forced encounter. Antaki’s approach is based on a principle of hazardous perambulation in every city that he visits. The initial idea is to have no more benchmark and enter spontaneously in places where the visual attraction is strong. He likes to see every city as a maze in which he enjoys getting lost and finding these treasures. These places are sometimes magical, overloaded with elements, colours and stories, guarded by these characters who are sometimes touching, funny, quirky, and at times frightening. The photos that he takes are often the only memory that this Guardian will have of him/herself in their daily environment. This photo can be the only visual record of the existence of this place, the only photographic memory. People pay less and less attention to their environment. They are always in a hurry, they don't allow themselves to spend time with one another. They are constantly looking for ways to “save time and money”, that’s why they’d rather shop in large malls where all types of businesses are centralized instead of encouraging their local shops who end up closing. Set in an urban environment, these photos, presented in lifesize prints in the empty windows of closed shops, bring attention to the hidden stories and lives of people and their local businesses. The exchange of glances, attachment, consciousness and connection speaks to the energy of the Imagination Reveals and the human connection that sustains us all. Read Less
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THE GUARDIANS - Miami edition
The Guardians is a photographic installation that integrates people, communities, history and the urban environment. Meant to preserve spaces and the custodians of the old world, The Guardians was born from Vladimir Antaki’s desire to document and pay tribute to the people who are "guardians of urban temples", people that we meet everyday without really noticing.
 
Antaki stays true to his approach where he takes a portrait of people upon the first encounter. This is to ensure the photo captures the real essence of a person without having a bias and forced encounter.
 
Antaki’s approach is based on a principle of hazardous perambulation in every city that he visits. The initial idea is to have no more benchmark and enter spontaneously in places where the visual attraction is strong. He likes to see every city as a maze in which he enjoys getting lost and finding these treasures.
 
These places are sometimes magical, overloaded with elements, colours and stories, guarded by these characters who are sometimes touching, funny, quirky, and at times frightening. 
 
The photos that he takes are often the only memory that this Guardian will have of him/herself in their daily environment. This photo can be the only visual record of the existence of this place, the only photographic memory. 
 
People pay less and less attention to their environment. They are always in a hurry, they don't allow themselves to spend time with one another. They are constantly looking for ways to “save time and money”, that’s why they’d rather shop in large malls where all types of businesses are centralized instead of encouraging their local shops who end up closing. 
 
Set in an urban environment, these photos, presented in lifesize prints in the empty windows of closed shops, bring attention to the hidden stories and lives of people and their local businesses. The exchange of glances, attachment, consciousness and connection speaks to the energy of the Imagination Reveals and the human connection that sustains us all. 
 
Ryan Stone - Stoneage Antiques, Miami
Ryan Stone - Stoneage Antiques, Miami
Gary Stone - Stoneage Antiques, Miami
Gary Stone - Stoneage Antiques, Miami
Gary Stone - Stoneage Antiques, Miami
 Jairo Loaiza, Ranger Seat Covers, Miami
 Jairo Loaiza, Ranger Seat Covers, Miami
Laider André, 3x3 Santa Barbara Botanica, Miami