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ALONDRA GONZALEZ REYNOSO, A UGA STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM STUDENT, SHARES HER ARTIST STATEMENT ON CORTONA...

Alondra Gonzalez Reynoso, a student with the University of Georgia (UGA) Cortona Study abroad program, spent this last semester studying photography under the tutelage of Jeff Curto, professor of photography. A business student back in Georgia, this was the first time she had ever taken an art class. She shares with us her photographs of Cortona and her Artist Statement, entitled Homesick, in which she draws comparisons between her parents’ hometown in Juchipila in Mexico and Cortona…
Juchipila, Mexico - home town to Alondra's parents
Homesick: I have never wanted to make a place feel more like home than here. Not just because it’s Italy (and who wouldn’t want to live here?) but because I am constantly reminded of home with everything that I experience.
For the past three months, I have had the privilege to call Cortona my home – and a beautiful one at that. Throughout my time here, I have not only become more appreciative of Italian culture and its customs, but also of my own. It is as though they share the most beautiful parts of their culture with each other, and I am lucky to be able to experience all sides of it.
Thus, my work attempts to portray Cortona in such a way that it resembles the memories I have of my parents’ hometown in Mexico: Juchipila. It’s a small town full of life and tradition, much like Cortona, and a place I hold dear in my heart. As a kid, I took for granted all the times we visited, thinking it was just another dusty, old town, but as I have gotten older, going to visit is the one thing I look forward to every year.  Now, as I find myself on the other side of the world, I am happy to be able to share a little of what has made this place feel like home for me.
Alondra Gonzalez Reynoso. Georgia, USA
Alondra Gonzalez Reynoso, 12/12/2023 08:31:48

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