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Latinx Artist Wins Competition For Portrait Of Migrant Woman

The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery has been holding it’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition since 2006. For the first time in its existence, a LatinX artist has won the competition. Hugo Crosthwaite’s animated work titled, “A Portrait of Berenice Sarmiento Chávez”, is an intimate look into the trials of a migrant woman crossing the US/Mexico border

Though Berenice Sarmiento Chávez experienced hardship, she used elements of fantasy in her description to Crosthwaite. He then incorporated that element of her story in the portrait animation. Crosthwaite took nearly 1,400 photos of his work as he began to capture Berernice’s story. The result is a heart bruising but beautifully told story through real-time stop motion animation. Watch the award-winning video below.

Lo Boutillette

With deep ties to music and the arts, Lo is constantly inspired by her Latin Americana roots and the spontaneity of New York City. When she isn’t planning and perfecting her productions you’ll find her tending to her rose garden with her dog Bella.

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