“we find ourselves in the moment of transit where space and time cross to produce complex
figures of difference and identity, past and present, inside and outside, inclusion and
from The Location of Culture, by Homi K. Bhabha.
The (IN)VISIBLE TRACES series of works is inspired by personal memories and experiences,
the assimilation of other cultures, appropriated images from mass media, and old family
photographs. Utilizing personal iconography, through assemblages and a process of layering
of these different elements, I try to convey a sense of multiple realities, time references,
The BLING BLING - BOOM BOOM. The background scenes in this seriesare mostly
appropriated from the news media, while the images of the figures are from consumer
advertisements. The two distinctively different media sources are juxtaposed in order to
present an absurd and cynical perspective on a society obsessed with celebrities, gangsters,
glamour, and the “bling” culture. Powerful and influential advertising campaigns that often
ignore the “other” with their branding somehow do reach and influence the culturally diverse
youth of the inner cities. However, the suburban American dream with its super sized vehicles,
mega malls, guarded gated communities, designer coffee shops, and glorious mansions is not
immune to the urban influence. Similar to the global phenomenon of reverse colonization the
inner city forged rhythms, fashion statements, and street “lingo” has had its own influence on
the suburban youth. Cultural borders are constantly being crossed and blurred in the sprawling
American landscape, while moral imperatives are replaced by the “here and now” mentality of
a consumer driven society.
The AMBOS MUNDOS series is inspired by arcane spiritual and religious symbols (signatures) from
African cultures, which made their way to the Americas several centuries ago during the slave
trade. Images from altars and sacred objects are incorporated inside the symbols and
fragmented to maintain secrecy. Through a process of assemblage of these different elements,
I try to juxtapose a spiritual realm with that of reality—the recognized with the unrecognizable.
My philosophical approaches are based on transculturalism and multiculturalism in the
context of Postmodernism, as well as Postcolonial theories. These ideas are inspired by
Jacques Derrida’s theory on Deconstruction and perception, Homi K. Bhabha’s postmodern and
postcolonial cultural theories.