My identity as a Cuban-American is created by a deep longing, a collective nostalgia for a home I vaguely remember. I am interested in the void that was created when I left Cuba, what was lost, and how my Cuban identity was formed within the boundaries of another country. For myself, memories of Cuba exist in an idealistic state of flux, in which the imagined combines with the past to recreate a deeper desire to connect with the island.
The photographs, videos and objects present within my work have each played a role in constructing my familial and cultural identity. Inspired by stories of my family’s life in Cuba and fueled by an ingenuous recollection of home, I create imagery that willingly fails as an authentic representation of “Cubanness”, exploring the ways in which Cuban exile culture is constructed out of a need to reconnect with a lost and unattainable sense of belonging and self. My work is the imprecise articulation of that identity, existing in the space between what I remember Cuba to be, and what it actually is.