My most recent artwork series tackles the critical topic of migration and personal change, exploring the transformation of individuals and society while maintaining a link between present and past perspectives. To convey this, I used a combination of photos and graphics that have been superimposed through a digital process. Through this work I aim to provoke questions about the past and its significance.
Recollection evolved from my need, as an immigrant, to express the perception I have of my community and how that perception has impacted my own personal change. Throughout the development of this work, I had the opportunity to hear stories of immigrants and learn about the effect immigration has had on their lives; this allowed me to explore their perceptions of the past and contrast it with their present circumstances. When comparing these stories, I began to visualize how change can transform a person’s identity, which prompted me to explore the different mediums through which I could convey my message: that change is an inevitable part of life. A significant challenge I encountered when it came to selecting my medium was the task of balancing perceptions of the past with perceptions of the present. This challenge led to the resulting juxtaposition of composite images created through digital image processing tools and algorithms, which generated a multitude of images in a single photograph; this invites the viewer to explore and discover both past and present simultaneously.
By giving its collaborators the chance to explore past values and perceptions, Recollection allows for a middle ground from which we can reflect on memories of the past through iconic landscapes that have had an impact on us. Recollection aims to help those who shared their experiences find comfort in a mélange of change and photography that brings friends and family together.