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Altars in the Dwellings of Memory - 3D virtual exhibition by Amalia Galdona Broche

Altars in the Dwellings of Memory

Tue, 05/12/2020 to Sat, 06/20/2020

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My work materializes a psychological landscape of otherness and memory crisis. As a child of the Cuban Revolution during the Special Period, a time of extreme economic adversity in Cuba, I have conflicted feelings about my idealized childhood as opposed to the country’s reality and uncertain future. Through sculpture and time-based media, I explore the fluid nature of identity, transculturation and immigration, highlighting labor-intensive processes such as collecting, tearing, breaking, joining, weaving, knotting and assembling textiles and found materials. Doing so, my work navigates the complex and fluid nature of history by referencing Spanish, as well as West African belief systems, rituals and imagery. I am interested in the concepts of nationhood and collective memory, and their impact on personal or individual perception. By investigating the history and roots of a divided nation through a visual language, my works seeks to understand the impact of identity politics, migration and time, as well as collective and personal memory in order to mitigate my own perceived powerless role as a cultural “other”.

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