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Meet Tomás González Blanco Biondo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tomás González Blanco Biondo.

Tomás, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am an experimental filmmaker, writer, street photographer and video editor. I was born in Mexico City in 1997 and currently reside in Altadena, CA. I have also lived in Madrid, Spain and in the Bay Area. I have had extensive experience creating audiovisual content, always striving to achieve creative excellence. I have been involved in different creative and technical positions in short and feature narrative films, documentaries, artistic installations and experimental film projects. I got my BFA from California College of the Arts, majoring in Film & Media Arts and minoring in Visual Studies.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I am glass half empty kind of guy. I have been very lucky to have a supportive family, a couple of good friends and the opportunity to have seen, experienced and ultimately lived a lot for my short life. Regardless of the fact that I know I am a lucky and loved man, I have found many ways during my lifetime to fuck that up, to hurt others but mainly myself and to have peace of mind escape me so many times. I know it’s a big cliché to say that a lot of my projects are rooted in a clash of gratitude and guilt, of insecurities and confidence, of love and anger, but they also say cliches are true. There have been countless sleepless nights where I cannot really understand my role in this world, and have acted impulsively many times to try and find out.

In my personal experience, the only times that that impulse has been positive is when I channel those contemplative yet impulsive characteristics into my practice. I improvise and riff on recent personal occurrences, which leads to a constant use of one’s personal life to create; I believe in using individual and raw experiences as a source of inspiration and expanding my projects through the observation of the mundane, of the everyday life. I explore universal topics such as solitude, existentialism, death, pain, brotherhood, family and love; I view these topics through a very personal and subjective lens to strike a balance between individuality and global unity.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am fascinated by the effects of the combination of photography, projections, video, text and sound design and how that mixture creates a world that combines alienation and disconnection with unity and conciseness. My practice heavily relies on audio and picture disassociation, combination of imagery and poetry and experimental and offbeat visuals and sound designs; this juxtaposition strives to combine polarizing emotions and expand them into miniature, organic yet calculated and ephemeral worlds. One of the most successful aspects of my practice is my ability to really open up myself through my short films; I pride myself for wearing my heart on my sleeve, and I believe that translates to my work.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moment so far was receiving my BFA. I know it might be a bit cliche, but a lot of my work and projects are more of an individual effort, and I believe that me being able to get my degree was a product of my family’s support. There were times that I thought I wouldn’t go to school, and they were times I thought I wouldn’t finish, and I was able to do so because I have great people in my corner. My degree is not an individual accomplishment, there have been a lot of people involved in it, and that’s why I am really proud of that.

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