Wandering Ways-A journey looking for a place we could call Home.
Wandering ways is a visual reflection on the theme of migrations, taking as a point of inspiration the very moment I realised I've become an immigrant, even when visiting my own country. It reflects on people who've been pushed to leave their environment to face the unknown which is not always welcoming. It goes back to when my Great grandparents were brought to another continent leaving behind lost and forgotten the whole memory of my family tree. In this essay I establish a relationship between space and individual or the lack of it within the landscape.
Usually when we think about the phenomenon of migration, we see it from a perspective where we tend to look at it from the outside, sometimes even adopting a somewhat indifferent position, often because the situation or context is alien to us. Many times we feel that we belong to a place because we were born and have always lived there, but rarely do we ask ourselves or question whether we are the indirect fruit of the migratory processes that have affected society since the discovery of humanity.
In this work I create my own imaginary, creating certain forms of landscapes that either exist or I’ve invented. The idea is to establish a visual dialogue with the viewer, choosing carefully an aesthetic that could “lead them” to engage and connect with what they see or feel when looking at the images instead of making them “ run away”.
Within those landscapes I’m presenting, they're sometimes embedded historical references to moments and places that have somehow motivated mass deployments, either voluntary or forced. There are allusions both to climatic phenomena, as well as to socioeconomic and/or political processes that have generated and continue to motivate migrations.
I try to present migrations not only as a physical change of environment, but also as the psychological challenge that involves integrating into another culture without therefore losing our own identity.