Hate me

2005

30x40 inches

dyptiych

archival inkjet pigment print

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In the spring of 2007, I flew out to Fort Meyers, Florida to visit with family members I had lived with when I was younger; now part of a community of Southern Puerto Ricans. While there, I had an opportunity to visit with my cousin, Quetcy, who shared with me her feelings about the inconsistencies of growing up in a bi-cultural household.


Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Fort Myers, she shared with me what for her was a daily struggle to communicate her multicultural existence along with the frustration of needing to explain the polarity of her choices. To quote Quetcy, “everyday feels like I’m fighting for the right to be white”.


The images I chose are loaded with (contradictory) markers, which serve as symbols often constructed out of desire, fantasy, experience, memory, and pop culture. What happens when personal experience contradicts our histories in the name of specificity? To what extent do we argue against the remaking of historical, and in this case, iconographic meaning?

"fighting for the right to be white",

2005

30x40 inches

dyptiych

archival inkjet pigment print

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