New Series Titled "Broken" By Chicago Based Photographer Cesar Augusto

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A fine art photo series about a broken past

Chicago based photographer, Cesar Augusto has completed his new series entitled Broken. This series consists of 21 large format fine arts prints shot between the beaches of Miami and Chicago’s Lake Michigan.

Broken is based on a film the photographer made almost two decades ago titled The Border (view here: about a young man who embarks on an existentialist odyssey when he decides to abandon his native Cuba in a boat headed for the United States. In this odyssey, the main character loses his water and food, leaving him adrift in the middle of the ocean. Although the character dies after several days of not eating or drinking, he is not defeated. The final narration states: “You were never destined to arrive; only to leave. That is why you did win, because you fled from that death that weighs on you every day…”

"It is this dilemma that inspired me to create 'Broken,'" Cesar Augusto said in a recent interview, (view here: "The idea of leaving your homeland but never really arriving anywhere is what I find most tragic about our situation as Cubans, and of immigrants in general."

Through 21 thought-provoking photographs, Cesar Augusto tells the story of a broken, disjointed past. In his own life, Cesar endured this tragic situation by leaving his native Cuba after graduating from university with a degree in film. He has not returned for almost 20 years. “What I’m talking about," Cesar continues, "is that I don’t have memories. My past is now dissolved among so many new things I had to learn when I came to this country; I no longer have the memory of the first time I went to the movie theater, because I don’t have that movie theater, or that neighborhood or those people as a reference...”

Broken is a beautiful effort to recollect memories and tap into the nostalgia of a past we will never revisit. Rooted in the human condition, Cesar Augusto's work hits a common chord that resonates with everyone, not only those who once left their homeland.

Cesar now lives in Chicago with his wife and four kids. To learn more about his work visit:


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