As a Colombian, a Hispanic, and Latina woman, my sense of self is consistently whitewashed. Throughout my life, I have actively rejected and whitewashed these parts of my identity. Being a child of immigrants and living in a country that alienates half of who I am, I shrouded my identity to fit in. Shying away from a mother and her thick accent, mispronouncing my last name to avoid awkward questions. I’ve changed how I looked, from my hair to my clothes. But not anymore.
Now I fight against these prejudices and celebrate this heritage. Previously negative stigmas are now the basis of depicting the beauty and positive energy that my family and country possess.
Through the exploration of my memories, I bring attention to the inherent beauty as well as the culture that lies in them. To achieve this I research extensively to gain a better insight of the heritage I once disregarded. Utilizing this research I exhibit objects of personal nostalgia in installations, guiding my viewers into spaces of my choosing and allowing the establishment of a universal narrative as my audience reflect upon their own experiences.
I am done opposing who I am and my family’s history. Through this admission, I can finally begin to embrace and proclaim who I am. My works are products of my recollections, charged by a desire to connect with the people around me.