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Basel With Angeles

While cancer tried to steal her identity, this survivor put on a fancy dress, designer shoes, and allowed her joi-de-vie to flourish.

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Photos, Text, & Video by Rodrigo Gaya Villar
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'Im just Angeles', she said, responding humbly to a stranger who walked up to her admiring her dress, deflecting all praise. Someone recognized her from the 30 foot portrait by Abstrak, in Miami's posh Design District, and showered her with compliments.

Life as a flamenco dancer, artist, fashionista, & social influencer all helped form her identity. But within a few months, the cancer, chemotherapy & radiation treatments began to pull it apart.


Longstanding feminine ideals begin to shed, turning a strong sense of identity into a constant reminder of a past life long gone.

Cancer is the beginning of the end. For some, is the end of their time in this life, for Angeles, it was the end of fear & doubt.

Beside the three-story tall portrait of Angeles wearing a head scarf, are the words, 'One Day at A Time.' In the fight against breast cancer, not only is it the best way to deal with the pain & suffering, and drastic physical change, "One day at a time" becomes the only survival tactic.

As Art Basel takes over Miami in December, it brings with it many social events to help showcase the artwork, collaborate with art adjacent companies. Think of it as the Super Bowl for art in western hemisphere.

For Angeles, it's her busiest time of the year. Exhibits, shows, events, parties, one after another.

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