The City of Kent purchased these two photographs for its permanent collection. Thank you to the Kent Art Commission for this honor, and to jurors Molly Magai and Minh Carrico for putting together the annual Kent Summer Art Exhibit at the Centennial Center Gallery. The exhibit features over 21 visual artists working in various media and is on display through August 31st. Congratulations to Juan Alonso-Rodriguez and Adele B. Eustis, whose works are also now part of Kent’s collection.
In the gallery, these photographs are displayed across from Juan’s photographs of Cuba. We created our respective works at the same time, September 2011, under very similar circumstances. I had returned to my birthplace after a 22 year absence, and he to his after over 40 years. We have commiserated since about what it’s like to go back, to confront reality with our memories, to see what we left behind and also to recognize what we still carry with us. It’s been 10 months now since I walked along a rooftop in the center of Manila, looking out across the crowded, colorful city filled with so much contradiction. I’m still grappling with how that trip affected me, but I am so glad to have had a chance to go, to reconnect with family and with parts of myself long dormant.