Hybrids installation at Seafoam Palace, Detroit, MI 2017
Hybrids was made during and as a response to six weeks spent in Oaxaca, Mexico, as part of Arquetopia International Artist Residency program. Hybrids explores identity formation by means of mythology and religion. Crafting a sense of self, both as an individual and as a collective requires an ordering and editing of the world in which we live. We create stories, myths, describing that process. These myths tell us who we are and who we wish to become.
The materials composing Hybrids were found or purchased in Oaxaca, often from the numerous and abundant markets. Transforming and altering these traditional as well as mass-produced products, they are ascribed new meanings and connotations, creating a hybrid, imagined past, which is at once an honest attempt at understanding a foreign culture as well as a critique of western ideas and practices of colonization and anthropology.
Created as part of Arquetopia International Artist Residency