It seems hard to believe! ViceVersa Magazine turned three!
Last Thursday, August 10, we reached our third anniversary.
Memories written in indelible ink are inevitable, because time does not cancel the emotions given us by key moments of our lives.
We remember, with the clarity of indelible experiences, every second of that first day when we awaited at midnight —our hearts suspended— to see the first issue of ViceVersa Magazine appear on the screen.
An emotion that repeats itself every week; and every day, now!
An identical expectation used to accompany in Venezuela the release of each new printed edition of La Voce d’Italia, the newspaper that my father founded in Venezuela in the 1950s, which is still published today in its digital version. How to forget the smell of ink, the rhythm of the press, the electricity that took over the technicians, who ran from side to side to adjust each color, until they felt satisfied and let the machine run at full speed. We watched — with a wonder that repeated itself night after night— those newspapers that gushed out, carrying hours and hours of work in every line, every photo, every word.
Sensory impressions that only the print edition can bring about; and, yet, all other emotions remain exactly the same!
The creation of a newspaper or a magazine — whether printed or digital— requires so much dedication , that each edition is an act of love that repeats itself day after day and is reflected in every detail.
ViceVersa Magazine exists thanks to the seriousness and generosity of all our collaborators. With equal love, professionalism, creativity and dedication, they enrich its pages with texts and images that reflect a wealth of interests, experiences, opinions, feelings.
They are our family —notwithstanding the distances— because ViceVersa Magazine has the power to dilute, to annul them. Each work is a new stitch in a wonderful fabric that we are weaving together. Each contribution opens new doors and, from New York, friendships are interwoven among distant people who discover they have similar interests, passions, emotions.
It is with a full-of-marvelous-joy expectation that we receive every text, vignette, drawing, photo. They are gifts that contain surprises, come from different places, telling diverse stories. And, with respect, we proceed with all the phases that the assembly work requires, beginning with the layout that, despite using different tools, is still as delicate and magical as the one required by printed editions.
ViceVersa Magazine’s territory is as extensive as the Spanish-speaking world; it knows no borders, it overcomes walls and builds alliances. It is wide and varied, and our collaborators offer us an inner vision of the realities they live in the United States, Latin America and Europe. Thanks to their written and visual contributions, we come to discover the unknown faces of countries and cities.
Together, we break paradigms and highlight the talent, preparation, analysis, criticism, irony, and creativity within the Hispanic world, and the invaluable contribution that each one gives their homeland —either of origin, or of adoption.
Our roots deepen in diverse lands; they do not belong to one country only; and that peculiarity has allowed us to build a platform of thought where diverse themes, ideas, and opinions coexist in freedom.
Sometimes the point of view of the collaborators does not reflect our editorial line, but we consider it fundamental to offer equal space to different ideas because we believe in the freedom of expression and in the respect for each other’s opinions.
ViceVersa Magazine also exists thanks to the support of our associates and the loyalty of our readers, to their perseverance and their interest. With them, we share the excitement of each new publication; with them, we talk about projects and hopes.
All media build their world; their roots deepen in the network of alliances that intertwine people who do not know each other and yet are united by the same interests. The variety of readings offered by the virtual world is such that it is not easy to remain faithful to only one; and thus we also consider that the constant growth of readers and affiliates —who day after day navigate among the pages of ViceVersa Magazine, conferring value to every minute of the work that collaborators and ourselves dedicate to its publication— is a wonderful gift.
We begin a new year with great enthusiasm and energy. We plan on developing many projects in the coming months, to grow and build together an ever richer, more diverse and dynamic space for interchange.
Thank you! Thank you all!
And happy birthday, to all of us!
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“Creer en el hombre significa creer en su libertad. Libertad de pensamiento, de palabra, de crítica, de oposición.” - Oriana Fallaci