The Way Beyond

My work is part of a never-ending search for answers related to my identity and family ancestry.

A process that included hours of conversation with my ancestors, as well as a whole fieldwork based on anthropological researches and countless visits to the communities of Haitian origin that were created in Cuba during slavery, bringing with them a rich cultural heritage from West Africa.

I create my own imaginary by constructing a scenario full of metaphors from the faith rituals used to access the spiritual world, but also highlighting key elements within these cultures, many of which have as their backbone the love and respect for nature as well as for their ancestors.

This project is the fruit of my interpretation of family stories, of my own dreams, but also of the fables initially written for children that have shaped the way certain African cultures share wisdom through oral tradition.

I try to link my images in each viewer’s mind to the chain of their own memories and experiences.

The intense dark tones on my images do not seek to emphasise my ethnocultural origin but to hide what I don’t want to be seen. Like secrets that are not to be revealed, as well as the unknown, but also leading the viewer to focus just on very tiny details I want the attention upon.

The conception process is rather a kind of “journey” which has allowed me to begin to understand, accept, adapt as well as respect both who I am and where I come from, in order to better assimilate the unknown.
 Destiny 2011.
 Just part of me, 2022.
 Maroons spirit, 2021.
 And I Invoke them, 2021.
 On the trail of Damballah, 2021.
 Ear does not go over head ( Oreja no pasa cabeza), 2022.
 Offering is a pleasure, 2022.
 Shelter of wisdom, 2022.
 Fruitful Tree, 2022.
 Shielded, 2022.
 Unbreakable roots, 2022.
 Levitans, 2022.
 Pride, 2021.
 Dual Souls, 2022.
 And one day we become..., 2011.
 Impasse, 2022.
 Dualities, 2011.
 Untitled, 2022.
 ...But you don't know me, 2021.
 Careful what you ask for, 2022.
 Faith is not a burden, 2022.
 Some stories are shared in silence, 2022.
 Unknown, 2022.
 The tongue weighs practically nothing..., 2022.
 Presence, 2021.
 … carries me away, 2022.
 Revered, 2021.
 Wisdom, 2011.
 Cleansing, 2015.
 Faith, 2011.
 Guardians, 2022.
 Reborn, 2021.
 Holy Grace, 2021.
 Resistance, 2021.
 The keeper, 2021.
 It hurts no more, 2022.
 Enclosed body, 2022.
 Ambiguities, 2021.
 Family portrait, 2022.
 Jíbaro (Wild), 2021.