Documentary filmmaker and photographer Sebastián (Suki) Beláustegui is holding photography workshops in various towns in the Dominican Republic. In workshops open to all ages and backgrounds, Beláustegui will work with groups of 12 students maximum. The groups will be divided in teams of three people each; students will also have time to prepare their portraits and scenes at home, with close direction by the photographer.
Sebastián (Suki) Beláustegui was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (1969) and currently lives in Tepoztlán, Mexico. Since 1991 he has documented the heritage of African cultures in the Americas. His book Guardians of Time: Portrait of the Spirit of Latin America (2003) is a testament to his experiences in 10 countries while living with 25 indigenous communities. The foreword of the book was written by Nobel Prize winner José Saramago. His works have been published internationally in books, journals, and magazines such as National Geographic (cover February 2005), Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, etc. and he has exhibited his work in museums and art galleries throughout the Americas.
In 2010, he had a traveling exhibition called “Africa in America.” With this collection, he explored the Garifuna in Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, whose traditions and forms have been included on UNESCO’s world heritage lists; the rituals of Santería in Cuba; Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago and Barranquilla, Colombia; Carnival and spiritual rituals of Candomblé in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil; and African-based culture on the shores of Guerrero and Veracruz, Mexico.
[See previous post Photography Exhibition: Sebastián Beláustegui’s “Africa in the Americas”.]
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See the artist’s work at http://www.photosuki.com/