ANA DEVORA BIOGRAPHY
Ana Devora was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. Having worked in major art capitals such as Rome, London and Madrid,
Mr. Devora has established herself as an internationally renowned Cinematographer and Visual Artist with skills spanning cinematography, editing, photography and painting. Ms. Devora earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, specializing in Photography and Audiovisuals from the University Complutense of Madrid, and she has attended well-known workshops of Cinematography and Graphic Design in various institutions in Madrid, Italy and NY; Taller de Cine Pablo Alvort. (Madrid – 2006), Workshop of Cinematography Caprarola (Italy - 2009), Arri Cameras and light workshop (NY - 2013), Shot Academy - Corso di ripresa professionale Cinematographer. Master Classes. Rome (I).
From 2008 to 2012, Ms. Devora worked as personal artist assistant for the renowned international Visual artist and filmaker Marinella Senatore. Ms. Devora employed her cinematographic and visual art skills in the areas of cinema- tography, photography and editing. creating the various visual artistic works with Ms. Devora working in a lead role producing the visual image; “Speakeasy” (2009), “Generation” (2009), “Own double entry” (2009), “How do you kill the chemist” (2009), “Nui simu” (2010), “Jammin drama project” (2010), “Variations” (2011), “Estman radio drama” (2011), “Rosas” (2012).
At the same time Devora worked doing the video and photographic documentation for important and recognized in- stitutions, galleries, art fairs and museums, such as MAAS (NY), Matadero de Madrid (E), MAXXI Museum (Rome-I), Museo Riso (Palermo-I), Umberto di Marino Gallery (Naples-I), Exelettrofonica (Rome-I),
She did Collaborative projects for International artists and directors such as Pietro Ruffo,for the video “The Freedom and its disease”(Italy 2010); Laura Lona in her video performance “Devenir”; artist Richard Garet at MAAS in his per- formance “Working with sound in real time” and “Light, motion and radio disturbances “; artist Maria Evelia Marmolejo in her performance “May 1st, 1981 – February 1st, 2013”; artist Shaun Leonardo in his performance ‘Untitled (A Per- formance Project)’ and taking the photos for the Leonardo’s athletic work as part of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston’ exhibition “improvisatory percussion with Greco-Roman wrestling”(2013); Nazir Ahmad Hausawa, taking the photos for the music cover of his new Album “Ziriums”; the film director Nicola Stefano Zurlo, working as a cinema- tographer for his documentary “Z’EV Documentary” (London 2012); she also collaborate with the production designer Zahira Barneto offering an artistic installation piece for the façade of a high-end hair salon, Pickthorn, located in Bush- wick, Brooklyn, NY, due to their intervention Pickthorn is the winner of The Best Hair Coloring in New York 2013.
She worked in several music videos as cinematographer and filmmaker: “A better day” - 2Hurt, “Corrido Libertador“- 2Hurt, “I’ll wait for you”-Nijay Sincere, “1.1.” & “1.2.” - Tyrone Earl Robinson;
She worked in Video art and short films as both, director and cinematigrapher “The Village”(Salamanca Spain 2012-2013), “Amnesia” (NY-Spain 2011), “The big City” (Madrid 2010), as well as feature films as “Highway Grooves”(2012-2014 ongoing project), “Sur La Route” (2012-2014 ongoing project), “Cuervos (Cantabria, Spain 2014)“
Ms. Devora’s artistic and personal work has also been exhibited in group shows at reputable museums and art exhibi- tion spaces including at the White Box NY (USA-2010), En.Piezas 11. La Casa Encendida, Madrid (E-2011). Venice International Experimental Cinema and Art Performance Art Festival 2014 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, Venice (I) International ArtExpo 2014 - Future Identities, Bodies. Places and Identities at Palazzo Albrizzi, Venice, (I); Ex Mani- fattura Tabacchi Torino (I); CULTUR3 Fair Second Edition 2014, Gijon, Spain (E), FAIM, Independent Art Fair Madrid 2012, Madrid (E); Fundación German Sanchez Ruizpérez, Peñaranda de Bracamonte in Salamanca, Museo Marina Gómez, Alaraz, Salamanca. (E-2008/2009), the FAIM Art Fair in Madrid (2012), Sala ABAC, Madrid, (E-2008).,Centro Cultural Buena Vista, Madrid, (E-2008), TOSHIBA. Palacio Duque de Pastrana, Madrid, (E-2008).
Her cinematographic work has also been recognized by renowned film festivals including:
The world famous Cannes Film Festival (Short Film Corner, 2011), V Edition The Scientist - International Videoart Festival in Ferrara, Italy (2011), The 16th Milan Film Festival (2011), and the 56th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (2010) among others.
Ana Devora aims to illustrate how reality changes depending on an individual ?s geographical background and social point of view, in contrast with what is shown to us as everyday reality, whether that might be through private life or through the media. The main point to bear in mind for the artist is the interaction between people from both outside and inside the lo- cal community, investigating concepts surrounding the absence of communication, she means all that is hidden in the pro- cess of the relationship between others. The different points of view that each person has in psychological or geographi- cal terms. The wallls that each person puts in front of themselves, consciously or uncounsciously, most often due to fear provoked by a particular situation. Her projects revolve around a psychological open debate which invites the individual to reflect and consider the communication, or indeed lack of communication that exists between individuals. In each project, she follows a specific route between key locations, whereby each stop presents a different scenario in a different location, and each person that she comes across on this journey has the potential to feature as a character in her work. Her aim is to expose everything that the human eye does not normally see, everything that is hidden in each individual, and is never shown or observed, going against everything that we know and everything we are led to believe, a reality that in a certain way, is interpreted in a very objective manner which can either seem real or pretend to be real.
Cinema was basically viewed as a fairground attraction but also as an art form thanks to the fact that it turned out to be a perfectly good medium for telling stories.
She uses the technology that fascinates her or that suits her purpose in each project; the cinematographer is the one who needs to be inspired by it, because more important than the technology is the mentally, the ideas and how to aproach the best to the public.
She gained the experience of filming reality with a cinematographic eye, even if she is filming a documentary, she comes up with something in her mind and then she tries to find that in reality.
Her background as a painter and photographer allows her to frame and light the scene, giving to her projects an specific and artistic point of view mixing reality and fiction.
Ana Devora (1987) is a Spanish Cinematographer, Filmmaker and Visual artist. According to her own website, her work is a reflection on the grammar of cinema and the relationship between visual art platforms and film festivals. Devora uses situations taken from reality in such a way that the public space seems to become a gigantic film set or for the contrary she recreates with the Production Designer and lights the perfect stage. With her key eye for photography, she creates a new cinematic reality. As a cinematographer she usually modulates the light. In short, she creates a very specific style for each film, and she slowly started to drift away from her own rules to achieve a specific look that matches the storytelling.
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