Dear Ana


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Dear Ana, is a heartfelt visual and lyrical manifestation about the life of Ana, the grandmother of the author, Leticia Valverdes’.

This extraordinary award-winning project took Leticia on a journey back to her grandmother’s motherland, Portugal. There it resulted in a magical collaboration with the inhabitants of Ana’s birthplace, the village of Mundão.

Photography interspersed with poetic text, cyanotypes, and votive offerings. This personal story explores transgenerational trauma, longing, migration, and the experiences when divided between two cultures.

A hundred years on, as similar stories are being told all over the world, it is the perfect time to share in this story.

Ana originally went to Brazil as a child and never returned to her motherland. Whilst dying from Alzheimer’s in Brazil, she started to believe she still had friends in her place of birth.

Leticia went to find those imaginary friends and invited them to write her a postcard. With passion, the villagers wrote postcards to Ana. They depicted real and fictional events in their own words and with unique photos. As they embarked on this journey together, they each became the fictional friends that Ana believed she had whilst dying with Alzheimer’s in Brazil.

The work was a transformational experience on a very personal level, and Leticia has even discovered relatives she never knew she had.

Enjoy this rare glimpse into the multi-cultural lives of the villagers of Mundão and Ana, the Grandma of Leticia the Author, a beautiful and rare cultural experience.

Photography: Leticia Valverdes.

Text: Leticia Valverdes, Octavia Bright and Ângela Ferreira.

Book Design & Creative Direction: Billie Temple.

Published by: Hurtwood Press Ltd

Prints size: 230mm X 160mm with a 10mm white border. The printed area is 210 X 140

Print paper: 204 pp, bound in fine linen emboss wibalin with foil blocking and printed endpapers.

Pre-orders will be dispatched from 3rd November 2021

About Leticia

Brazil-born Leticia Valverdes studied Fine Art at London Metropolitan University. Her personal photographic work concentrates on interactions with people and often start with an invitation to participate. Focusing on simple ideas, her work hopes to touch on notions of identity, belonging, memory and dreams.

Leticia’s work has been exhibited in a number of group and solo shows in the UK and abroad. It has featured in various magazines such as the Sunday Times, The Independent, Telegraph and the Guardian, as well as books on the history of Latin America and Brazilian photography. Two monographs have been published on Leticia’s work: ‘And Now My Children Know’ (Quarentena Books- Brazil 2021) and ‘Invisible Lives’ (Vision On, UK, 2000). She has also received various awards and grants for her work.

Photography allows me to interact with people and nature. The images created are a consequence of those encounters. A record and an invitation to cry, laugh and create together. Some of my personal projects are about the individual in their environment while others explore the private and intimate space of an individual.


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