Saturday, October 24, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
When surveyed, Uruguayans responded that the most iconic and culturally defining urban site was the Rambla or the Promenade. When I returned to Uruguay for a holiday after a ten year absence, I took a series of images at the Rambla. The resulting body of work makes use of a selection of these images to form the filling for the inside of my gaping mouth. My mouth is not only the site from where I express my native language of castellano but it also becomes a site where I physically ingest cultural experience, through food and drink. La Rambla is an attempt to connect with my cultural heritage and explore the strong ties between identity and place.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Eu So Quero Um Xodo loosely translated from Portuguese means I only want a love. Xodo is a traditional Brazilian country love song. I learnt of this song through my father, who sings it beautifully. In this series of self portrait works I play the role of a Mulatta, both highly desired and scorned. She lives between two worlds, both master and slave. Her defiant and questioning gaze reinforce her status as a rebel and a threat to the established order. Can a woman like this find real love?