BLACK AND WHITE DARKROOM PRINTS AND WORK FROM LARGE FORMAT 4x5 CAMARA.
18 X 20 INCHES, SELENIUM TONED SILVER PRINTS.
SERIES: ALL EYEZ ON US (2004) SILVER GELATIN PRINTS. PUBLISHED BY EN FOCO IN THE JOURNAL NUEVA LUZ
(2003) In my photographic research I use the portrait form to inquire into issues of cultural and political marginality. I scrutinize our difference theoretically and literally. My most important influences are Richard Throssel (Crow Indian) James Van der Zee, and Catherine Oppie: all of them photographed their ‘tribes’ in a similar way.
My images are an investigation into our social and cultural forms of adaptation, transformation, identification, reinvention and resistance. This work is about Power and Discourse. This work attempts to discover and expose the elements and symbols, we chose to display on our bodies to provide evidence of a true marginality. This is particularly interesting to notice within an imperial context in which our difference acts to our disadvantage. These elements are important symbols in multiple ways.
First, they act as elements of resistance to a cultural homogenizing domination and silence.
Second, they act as elements of identification within the group itself. In this character they are imbedded with feelings of pride, belonging and love.
Third, these elements change, merge and transform while keeping their character of differentiation and resistance intact.
This work is also about love. The subjects that I photograph are primarily close to my heart and my life. I am attracted to study the poses of my friends as they face the camera.
I record the position of their hands, their stance and in doing so I think that sometimes I get a glimpse into their fluid world of dreams, frustrations, passions and loss.
SERIES: ALL EYEZ ON UU (2004) SILVER GELATIN PRINTS. PUBLISHED BY EN FOCO IN THE JOURNAL NUEVA LUZ
MULTIPLE PORTFOLIOS OF BLACK AND WHITE DARKROOM PRINTS AND WORK.
MOST WORK: 18X20 INCHES, SELENIUM TONED SILVER PRINTS.