Reconstruction of The-Self Series

Work Statement

Fifty percent of all migrant population around the world is woman. The culture shock experienced under migration conditions is one of the most deeper and transforming processes for “The Self”.

These series of images belong to one photographic essay which I produced based on personal approach to immigrant woman in British Columbia. I hear their stories about blending in the new culture, about their dreams and about their previous life back home. They have shared with me their frustrations after trying to succeed in the new culture. Then I recorded the emotions expressed on each story and grouped them in common-shared concepts. After 53 interviews [and my own experience], I found some multicultural common-insights, which means common concepts regardless of the culture of the woman I talked to.  “Re-construction of The Self” is one of those multicultural common-insights.

In “Reconstruction of The-Self” I used the body as the natural representation of The Self, where [in metaphoric sense] parts of the body are parts of The Self per se. They play and interact finding a place. How this “hand” will fit in this new world?  Or, they are just there, waiting for the moment to play a roll. When I am going to use this foot? Or just being observed and evaluated for re-cycling or disposal. Do I really need this knee or should I exchange it for a third hand? …  Should I speak more and smile less? What is the real or new “Self” in this new culture?

Understanding what part of The Self works in the new culture, making stronger other parts, or getting new ones, implies a continuous Reconstruction of The Self. Therefore this essay is my visual approach to portray what immigrant women experience through the acculturation process. I am very grateful to all women I have talked to not only because they have shared with me their experiences but also because they volunteered as models for this project.