YOU & IWorks between 2009 - 2018 (ongoing)
YOU & II grew up in between places, these provided different experiences and interpretations in terms of locations, belonging and feeling integrated into these societies and with peers. Although I have always felt Chilean, the experiences in these other locations provided moments of questioning where I belonged, what is real and what seems fake was a common scenario that came and still comes to mind, in a human and location perspective. Some places and situations being easier than others, they all provided general implications that I’ve felt beneficial for me. However, I don’t have another reality to compare myself with.
Naturally, I questioned certain things: Where does identity stand? How does moving from different places helps you build an identity? How does your personal evolution change your identity? What are your roots? What defines who you are? What do you call home? These questions arose when I moved with my family to Canada in September of 2008.
Since 2009 I've been capturing the life of my children as an extension of myself. Not following a chronological order I record mundanities of everyday life, a variety of phases and moments of their own environments, traces, temporal fragments together, gleams of innocence, sadness and joy. Investigating their connection to where they live and how they are growing. Even though it has already been almost a decade since moving to Canada, it stills feels somehow new, yet their roots are still alive and they become present often doubting what is ideal and what is real, creating an open interpretation to new meanings.
Sharing experiences in our home, road and camp trips, this process has become a continuous conversation that responds to these moments. Concepts of belonging, misplaced and unrooted, are always present when we grow and question our path, sometimes without words or showing any facts. Wanting to have and be able to provide answers, photography becomes a way to channel certain feelings that implies a peace of mind and a direction to move along. A medium used as a personal reference to visualize moments of encounter and relationships, creating a dialogue that allows me to understand what they have been going through. During the time they grow, change and adapt, feelings of dislocation and anxiety are always present, while personal memories float as a tight relationship. These all share a harmonic intimate representation while real life takes its own course.2009 - 2018 (ongoing)