— GENESIS 1:3-4
Interested in what is existential, transcendental, essential… the work by Alfredo Sarabia (Jr.), (Havana, 1986) stands out in the Cuban visual arts context by, from photography, dealing with the meeting point between the binary opposites, proposed by LéviStrauss structuralist anthropology.
Photography has flowed in his work in an organic way. First, it comes by the genes, those inherited from his father, Alfredo Sarabia Domínguez (Havana, 1951 – Mérida, 1992), who made him transcend in an already iconic image in Cuban photography: at the malecón, he hardly was two years old. However, Sarabia (Jr.) studied Painting in the San Alejandro Fine Arts Academy. At the time, photography was for him a tool to document or complete his work. Later he studied in the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), and then the medium became the final result. He was a student, among others, of Gonzalo González Borges (Gonzo), Félix Arencibia and Juan Carlos Alom. Currently his work is considered among the most peculiar within the photography made in the island.
But what is more coherent is precisely that, following his conceptual instinct, this artistic expression which mimetically captures the environment and documents it with testimonial nature, with its components of veracity and reliability, was for Sarabia the suitable operation to exhibit those fragments of reality which prefigure a line, whether physical or metaphorical, between what is trivial and extraordinary, between what is real and supra-terrain.
From the semiotic point of view, this limit is very evident in the framing and, from the semantic point of view, his images entail a conceptual depth supported in the study of the different cognitive categories associated to existence. That is why his work frequently resorts to biblical quotes, above all because of the transcendental character they provide for human existence.