Abril Chavez is a photographer and filmmaker, and current 4th-year student at Marymount Manhattan College. She is about to graduate from the Film and Digital Media Production BFA program.
Growing up in Mexico for most of her life, Abril had always been exposed to a rich variety of culture and art. She was introduced to visual and performing arts from a very young age, which is something that has shaped her as a media artist and has instilled in her all the necessary values to be a responsible and flexible media artist.
Currently, Abril is interested in continuing her formation in media creation through photography, cinematography, art direction, and fashion styling. Abril is also interested in creating content and adapting her craft for social media platforms, such as Instagram, Tik Tok, and YouTube.
Since I was a child, I have had an interest in the visual medium as a form of storytelling. I began with learning art history and practicing the craft of painting and drawing before this interest expanded to different types of visual forms. I believe that in every art piece, there is something to be expressed and something that we can take and learn from it, no matter how abstract or ridiculous the art piece may seem. After a while I started to notice the way in which we as people interact with artworks, and how most of the contemporary artworks' worth is in the monetary value that people give them, leaving their meaning and essence unnoticed. This also causes it to be more difficult for artists to put themselves out there and make themselves well-known in the world of high art. Photography, film, painting, drawing, acting, fashion, etc. As an emerging media artist, I am a firm believer that there are different storytelling mediums that can intersect with each other in order to create a unique piece of media and boost its impact, attractiveness, and message. In this project, I decided to mix every craft that comes with filmmaking with that of fashion, and with this form and the previously mentioned reflection about plastic arts in mind, I had the inspiration to create The Life of a Contemporary Work of Art as my first experiment in the fashion film genre.