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Cristina Guerreiro lives everywhere and nowhere. She split her childhood between Brazil and Portugal, studied in central England, and is now working towards her MFA at the prestigious San Francisco Art Institute. She records her personal memories and movements from each of these spaces in her work. Her transient city scenes and distinct architectural references, belie feelings of dislocation, identity, and urban energy. To create these pieces, Cristina photographs the buildings she wants then draws them with her own distinct style. The colors are inspired by both of her cultures: Brazilian lively music and forms, the vibrant colors and sounds of the Portuguese people, and the quirky skyscrapers of San Francisco. This piece is an impression of the iconic buildings and bridges in downtown SF, many of them just a few blocks away from Cristina's apartment.
The Moving series is a set of portraits taken in the weeks leading up to the sale of the family home. In each portrait, the subject floats above and through a shared memory, heading towards something new and undocumented, collectively redefining what the idea of home and family is becoming.Moving was shot in Edmonton, Alberta in the summer of 2005. The 5th member of our family, the red canoe, has been around as long as I have. Oddly enough, it has never seen the water and was sold shortly after theMoving series was taken, along with the family home. This particular image was shot in a shopping mall parking lot close to our family home. The mall has since been demolished and is now a bunch of condos. Both my sister and I spent a lot of time there over the years. On shoot day, my Dad was on lighting and grip and my Mum correlated film. The canoe was shot on location supported by scaffolding.