ARTIST STATEMENT: My name is Faustino Vidal. I was raised in the Red Hook Houses by my undocumented mother, who came to Brooklyn with my father from Mexico in 1990. When I was ten, my father was arrested, then deported. Neither of my parents went to college and during most of my teen years, a college education was not something I even considered. I wasn't the best student. I didn't speak “properly.” Growing up, I was constantly told I was “at-risk” because of my economic and environmental circumstances. All of this made me question myself and my future.
I have just graduate from the Photography MFA program at ICP-Bard. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampshire College. I have recently been working for two different wrestling organizations, photographing and videotaping the matches and wrestlers for their promotional use and to create content for the organizations’ websites and social media sites. I have studied both digital and analog film and video-making and have spent time developing my skills working with both black & white and color still photography, including 35mm medium and large format. I know Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom, InDesign, Final Cut 7, Final Cut Pro, and Premiere Pro. I also have knowledge in scanning analog still photographs as well as uploading and digitizing film stock.