71. Claudia Calle

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71. Claudia Calle

Claudia Calle mixes media to create evocative images, which become etched on our corneas and on our consciousness. She shoots instinctively and travels the world to capture authentic images of foreign people and cultures so that we can experience them along with her. "I try to create from a spontaneous place where, even if only for a brief moment through photography, I can expose the wondrous nuances of my surroundings."

Born in Manizales, Colombia, Calle

has called Miami home for the past decade. After studying photography

and graphic design in Colombia and Mexico, she earned a desk at the

Miami Ad School in South Beach -- one of the most prestigious and

award-winning advertising schools in the world.

Calle's work has earned her numerous accolades, most recently first place in the Fine Art Collage category from the International Photography Awards this year. Her series "Republic of China" was chosen from over 15,000 photos sent from 103 countries. Images from the series were also selected to appear in the IPA's "Best in Show" exhibit in New York this past October. With all the worldwide recognition, Calle still remains true to the 305, and will exhibit her new media installation, "ChinaMan," at the Claudia Calle Studio during Art Basel.

1. List five things that inspire you.

-The light, which allows me to capture forms, volumes, colors, and shadows.
-Traveling around the world and meeting new people, experiencing cultures, religion, food, and architecture. 
-Socio-cultural challenges of humanity. 
-Behavior and way that the human brain works. 

2. What was your last big project? 

"People's of Republic of China," which was awarded first place in the Collage Pro category by the 2010 International Photography Awards and was chosen to be part of the IPA best of show with an exhibition in Soho, NY.

This project is also going to be part of the exhibit during Art Basel, with a completely new piece that I'm very excited called "China-Man." China-Man is a video game installation with a very strong social and environmental message. All will take place in my studio in the Wynwood Art District.  

3. What's your next big project?

My next big project is to stay in the present -- that's always been my biggest challenge. I have a lot of material in the works for 2011, but still need to digest and have fun with creating it. 

4. Why do you do what you do? 

I have a need to express myself and mixed media is the best canvas I have found to communicate. I have been in the art and design industry all my life, and want to touch people's minds, hearts, and consciousness. 

5. What's something you want Miami to know about you? 

That everything I do is in honor to all those women in the world that do not have the privilege that I have of expressing myself freely. 

What's something you don't want Miami to know about you? 

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