ALTARS IN THE DWELLINGS OF MEMORY
AMALIA GALDONA BROCHE
Opening Reception: Friday, January 17, 5-9 PM
Altars in the Dwellings of Memory 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, I have conflicted feelings about my idealized childhood in Cuba as opposed to the country’s current reality and uncertain future.
Through sculpture and time-based media, I explore the fluid nature of identity, memory of identity, transculturation and immigration, highlighting labor-intensive processes such as collecting, tearing, breaking, joining, weaving, knotting and assembling textiles and found materials. Referencing Spanish, as well as West African belief
systems, rituals and imagery, I navigate the complex and fluid nature of history and identity with this installation. Furthermore, 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, this installation seeks to understand the impact of identity politics, migration and time, as well as collective and personal memory.