Each week, we’re showcasing the work of a photographer who caught our eye with their striking images and inspirational focus. This week’s #LensCultureDiscovery
is Antonio Pulgarin (@antonio_pulgarin
), an artist utilizing photography and photographic collage to create conceptually-focused works that tackle themes of cultural and sexual identity, memory, and displacement. We’re excited to present Antonio’s story “Fragments of the Masculine,” so stay tuned for more images from this important project! And be sure to share your own work with us by using #LensCultureDiscovery
This series is deeply informed by my connections to both my Colombian heritage and the Latino narrative in America. My current work uses an archive of found images of my uncle and biological father in order to explore this issue. Through this project, I seek to challenge the construct of Latino masculinity (known as ‘machismo’), while re-contextualizing the fabric of my own identity.
Each image in this series presents a deconstructed version of the original archival images as I have interpreted them, incorporating culturally-specific materials, as well as the colors of the Colombian flag. These images place an emphasis on the fragmented relationship I share with both my culture and these central figures in my life.
Image: © Antonio Pulgarin
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