MIAMI BEACH: THE SUN CITY
A historic building in Miami Beach (Florida), the Versailles (1940), has led Ana A. Ochoa to work with the past, with history and the memory of the urban tourist environment of this Florida beach and to analyse its evolution. An evolution assigned to strategies linked to luxury real estate and to the art that has given rise to a new profile and economic model for the city.
The artist, in the style of Walter Benjamin, has brought to the present the perception of this past and its evolution, questioning with her work the lineality of historical texts and showing that the past is not closed off, as is also demonstrated in her other works on the "pre-Disney" Florida of the 1950s (Weeke Wachee: The City of Mermaids) and on the first tourist attractions of Florida in the 1930s (Coral Castle y la increíble historia of Ed Leedsklanin).
Ochoa began to research Miami Beach territory, where she has lived for more than a decade, by setting up a detailed field study of the urban public environment of the beach area, an area whose transformation has come to be reproduced, like a premonitory echo, in other cities with similar conditions.
Ana A. Ochoa holds a degree in Journalism from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She started her career as a visual artist when she moved to Buenos Aires, a city where she lived for a decade. Her body of work has taken many different forms, from woven pieces and drawings in India ink on jagged canvas in the shape of small sculptured pieces, to photography and documentaries.
Her film work, the documentary "Suite Miami", was selected to be shown as part of the "Migraciones: Mirando al Sur" cycle and has been shown in the Spanish Cultural Centres in Miami, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Costa Rica, and in the Cineteca Nacional of Mexico, as well as in relevant exhibition areas in Spain, such as the Espacio Ciudad in Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Her work is mostly focused on the theme of the city and combines her journalistic and artistic work in an autobiographical symbiosis. She has lived and worked in Miami for 10 years, during which time she has run an activity project in the public space of Miami Beach, photographing and filming the place and developing a peculiar cartography of the beach area. Currently, she is researching the evolution of an historic building on Miami Beach: "The Versailles Hotel", currently being remodelled.