La Negra

In La Negra, the pictures read as a chapter within the earlier series Casa de Mujeres. The images describe La Negra, as she transitions to the United States with her younger daughter. La Negra is the twin sister in Casa de Mujeres. The character of the daughter is a construction played by my mother and myself and symbolically represents my mother as a young adult. It is my mother’s body and my face blended together. In this work, both La Negra and her daughter struggle with the shift in identity that immigrating to a small town in the United States stirs in them. The conflict is in attempting to assimilate to a new culture, where the history of color and the distinction in class, transforms their identity.