Here are some images from the installation of Letters from my Exile at Staten Island Arts.
Letters from my Exile is an art project that uses portraits and letters to talk about forced family separation, the concept of distance and absences present on the immigrant experience.
People migrate for memory needs, in search for better lives and opportunities, to provide to their families, yet this discussion comes many times with the sacrifice of separation. When a person becomes undocumented, he or she is not allowed to leave or re enter the country, having to stay separated for an indefinite amount of time.
I am interested in exploring the stories of migrations through personal letters written to family members, as a testimony of the distance and absences and how to maintain strong relationships.
The project is supported by a grant from Staten Island Arts and in collaboration with Make the Road NY.