Aporía by Andrew Waits
Andrew Waits, winner of third edition.
In APORIA, photographer Andrew Waits addresses the phenomenon of rapid growth being experienced in many urban locations around the world. A desire to explore the underpinnings of a rapidly changing environment, and how it
demonstrates itself on one’s psyche, is at the core of this work. APORIA is the culmination of this effort, a dreamlike narrative pieced together from the observed landscape.
APORIA does not presume to answer questions regarding the ills of the urban development. It rather presents a fictional narrative in an effort to approach a feeling that something is amiss. There is a limit to what can be observed in an environment so deeply woven with complexity. As Waits has said, “For the most part, we are disconnected from the underlying mechanisms of the system in which we live. APORIA attempts to highlight this disconnect and struggle for understanding and connection. Perhaps in doing so, it can provide a brief glimpse into what lies underneath the system where the collective psyche of a population finds its covert habitation.”
Andrew Waits (b. 1983) is a native of the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. He studied Political Science and Communications at the University of Washington and recently completed his MFA in photography at the University of Hartford. His first body of work, Boondock, dealt with the ways in which survival dictates fluidity of location, interconnectivity, and the concept of home. His new book, Aporia, addresses rapid urbanization and how it manifests itself in the physical environment and latent psychology of a population. The maquette for Aporia was awarded the 2018 Fiebre Dummy Award. He currently resides in Oakland, California.
Dalpine/Fiebre Photobook, 2018
Design: Aaron Bloom
Prepress: La Troupe
Printed by Artes Gráficas Palermo
Hardcover with a tipped-in-image
32 x 23,5 cm
First edition of 500 copies
Interview with the author in Humble Arts Foundation.
Interview with the author in AmericanSuburbX.
Interview with the author in Urbanautica.
Fiebre Photobook organization team is please to announce the winning dummy of our call for the publication of a photobook sponsored by Artes Gráficas Palermo, co-edited with Dalpine, and pre-press by La Troupe.
APORIA by Andrew Waits
As a result of the prize, we will publish 500 copies of this dummy and we will take care of the expenses of adjustments, prepress, printing, distribution management, promotion, presence in international festivals, as well as outstanding bookstores and libraries.
The international jury has been composed of:
Katja Stuke: Photographer and curator
Larissa Leclair: Founder, Indie Photobook Library (Washington, DC)
Sebastian Arthur Hau: Independent editor, curator and art director of Polycopies and Cosmos
Misha Kominek: Photographer, gallery owner and publisher
Sonia Berger: Editor and curator at Dalpine
Fosi Vegue: Photographer and editor
Víctor Garrido: Photographer and prepress technician
Miguel Ángel Esteban: Director of Artes Gráficas Palermo
The exhibition of the 10 finalist dummies was part of Fiebre Photobook Festival 2018, in Madrid, composed of:
Alfonso Moral with Fenicia: Catálogo Irracional
Andrew Waits with APORIA
Carlos Chavarría with Façade
Jaime Permuth with The Street Becomes
Kevin Kunstadt with ONE–CAR–BAZAAR
Kristin Trüb with Hi Zahid, this is Kristin
Martina Zanin with I made them run away
Maya Meissner with The Cedar Lodge
Pietro Paolini with Buscando a Bolivar
Yuki Furusawa with Things About My Mom and Me