Handwritten note from my paternal grandparents, Elsa and Fermin. The photo is of my grandfather. This is one of the few surviving letters that includes my grandfather’s signature. He didn’t write much. He only made it to the equivalent of year 3 in primary school before he began to work.
The forms in which these letters are written, delivered and exchanged are explored as strategies of resistance and survival. Through making visual artwork in response to collected correspondence, I am attempting to tease out the politics of the experience of letters across borders. How can the individual and collective narratives, shared knowledge and experiences embedded within these letters impact on our understanding of established and unexpected borders or places of cross-over?
As part of the conference, I will also be exhibiting a work titled A Big Adventure which recalls my experience of migration. The combination of text (in both Spanish and English) and textile features predominantly in my work. The choice of materials also references the tradition of 'making do' and using whatever materials are available to convey a message.