Anastasia Cazabon is a photographer and filmmaker from Boston, MA. She is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and New England School of Photography. She constructs narratives revolving around mystery and the surreal. Her work explores the private moments in life, while turning the mundane into the extraordinary. She draws inspiration from dreams, memories and fairy tales. Past photography exhibitions include Photography Next Generation at The Eleni Koroneou Gallery and a solo exhibition at The National Museum in Gdansk. She was awarded Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward: Emerging Photographers in 2009.
From the Secret World
I view my photographs as small secrets and hidden clues to an unseen world of imagined characters. I aim to create images in which the viewer believes that they are catching a personal moment in the life of a character; a private second that the general public might never perceive. I try to turn the mundane into the extraordinary, as well as to contrast feelings of fear and danger, with feelings of comfort and safety. I treat my images not only as small stories but also as puzzles in which the viewer becomes an active participant in imagining a history.
These images are based on my own childhood, specifically the transitional period between the ages of 9-15. This period of liminality, when girls are on the threshold of womanhood, can be one of the most defining and vital stages in a woman's life. In this stage of life, young women become acutely aware of the world around them and how they are portrayed within this world; physical appearance is suddenly pushed into the spotlight and with that comes insecurity, excitement, jealousy and narcissism.
Relationships with other girls are also critical and these friendships are often fleeting yet intense; feelings of love, envy and rivalry pervade adolescent female companionships. These friendships are also marked by polar swings of emotion - one day encompassing cruelty and the next kindness.
These images revolve around the secret, yet everyday lives of adolescent girls. The power of this transformative time is characterized by the struggle to reconcile one's girlhood while moving into womanhood - an experience that elicits strong feelings of both fear and longing.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston MA.
The New England School of Photography, Boston MA.
Historie / Storytelling, National Museum of Gdansk: Gdansk Gallery of Photography, Gdansk, Poland.
All Visual Boston, Spectacle, Jamaica Plain, MA.
A Fable Lost, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA.
Move Still, The Lilly Pad, Cambridge, MA.
Graphic Intersections, Umbrage Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
Photography Next Generation, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens, Greece.
The Beast In Me, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA.
Bova Images Festival 2009, International Festival of New Images, Bova, Italy.
Exposure 2009, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA/
BFA Photography Thesis Show, President’s Gallery, Boston, MA
Mass Art 20th Annual Benefit Art Auction, Godine Gallery, Boston, MA
T.P.S Members Show, Dishman Art Center, Beaumont, TX
Story Time, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
Postcards From the Edge, Metro Pictures, New York, NY
The Wrap of Self: The Artistic Self-portrait, Photo Edition Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Storytelling, Photo Edition Berlin, Berlin, Germany
From the Secret World, A-4 Gallery, Boston, MA
ARTcetera Art Auction, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
Insight Photography Auction, Brattleboro, VT
The Exposure Project, Tillies of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
14th Annual Juried Exhibition, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
TPS 16: The National Competition, St. Edward’s University Art Gallery, Austin, TX,
Center for Contemporary Art, Abilene, TX, Fotofest, Houston, TX, Calumet Gallery, New
York, NY, Calumet Gallery, San Francisco, CA
All School Show, Arnheim Gallery, Boston, MA
The Exposure Project, Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington, MA
Exposure 2007, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA
Breakthrough, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Exposure Project, Center for Photographic Exhibitions at the New England School of
Photography, Boston, MA
ARTcetera Art Auction, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
Small Works Show, Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA
Graduation Show, Gallery 1 at New England School of Photography, Boston, MA
Juried Student Exhibition, Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA,
PRC Juried Student Exhibition, The Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA
GRRL HAUS CINEMA, The Brattle Theatre, Boston, MA.
Bring Us Your Women, Oberon Theatre, Boston, MA.
International Pancake Film Festival, (various locations).
Other Worlds, Mass Art College of Art and Design, Boston, MA.
Boston Underground Film Festival, Boston, MA.
Photography Book Now 2009, Honorable Mention for book Love & Rivalry
Critical Mass Finalist, 2009
Flash Forward 2009, Magenta Foundation
Foundation Auction Award, Massachusetts College of Art
T.P.S 2009 Members Show: Honorable Mention, Juror Keith Carter
International Photography Awards 2005, Nonprofessional Photographer of the Year: People - 1st place in Self-Portrait category, 2nd place in Children Portrait category.
500 Photographers, Featured Artist
Kinki Mag, Featured Artist
Unless You Will, Featured Artist
Zettelkastchen, Featured Artist and interview
Flak Photo, Selected image in magazine
My Art Space, Featured artist and interview
Humble Arts Foundation, Group Show no. 13, March/April
File Magazine, Selected images in their collection
Northeast Exposure Online, Presented by the PRC, November
F-stop Magazine, Imaginary Worlds, July/August
Phase Collective, Issue 2: Community
Projekt 30, Juried Show, August
Shots Magazine, Portfolio Issue
“Le mille bocche della nostra sete”, Guido Conti, Book Cover
Petra Magazine, Editorial, September issue
El Pais, Editorial
Flash Forward 2009, Magenta Publishing
Psychologies Magazine, Editorial, Fall issue
The Collectors Guide to Emerging Photography, Humble Arts Foundation,
Venus Zine, Editorial, Spring
Artscope Magazine, Dec 2008 issue
The Exposure Project, Issue three
In the Loupe, Spring
The Exposure Project, Issue two
New England School of Photography, web site, cards, promotional materials
The Exposure Project, Issue one
Annual International Photography Awards Book
Gallery Representation: Photo Edition Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Licensing: Gallery Stock