Honorable Mention / 2021 / Fine Art / People

Marbella del Caribe

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    Paula Abreu Pita
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Marbella del Caribe is a series of photographs made from a rented apartment in Puerto Rico during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pool area was restricted and required a reservation which allowed bathers to stay for one hour.
After months of photographing and watching people’s behavior and their social habits in this public space, I noticed certain patterns despite the diversity of the community.
Sometimes the scene was so familiar that I started to predict what would happen next. Every circumstance was an opportunity to capture an instant in the hour of relaxation of my temporary neighbors.

Paula Abreu Pita is a Venezuelan photographer based in New York. She earned a Master's in Fine Arts at Pratt Institute in 2013. Abreu Pita has exhibited her work in the United States at Photoville NY, The Fence, First Street Gallery, Rush Arts Gallery, and DNA Gallery. Her photographs have been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, and CNN. She is a member of Women Photograph organization and part of Foto-Féminas, a collective of female Latin American with whom she has shown her work in China, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Venezuela, and the Bronx Documentary Center.

2021 Member of Women Photograph Organization.
2018 DNA Gallery Artist Residency, Cape Cod, US.
2018 Kuala Lumpur Photo Awards finalist, Malaysia.
2016 Member of Foto-féminas.(Latin American women photographers collective).
2015 MIFA Photo Awards 2015, Honorable Mention in the Interiors Category.
2015 Ei Awards finalist.
2015 Finalist on the Renaissance Photography Prize.
2015 DNA Gallery Artist Residency.
2015 The Exposure Photography Award, honorable Mention The Interiors Collection.
2015 Member of The Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts.
2013 Excellence in Academic Achievement and Graduate with Distinction, Pratt Institute.
2011-2013 Pratt Graduate Academic Scholarship.