OUR LADY DE GUADALUPE IN LOS ANGELES
II drove around searching for her knowing she was visible in the transited streets and unassuming corners of Los Angeles.
Our Lady de Guadalupe, a symbol imported from Mexican culture, has a job in this city: to protect our homes and businesses and to serve as a good omen. In exchange for this she must be displayed in all her glory with magnificent colors and the story of her origin must be shown to all passers-by. With flowers and a visit to these public murals we let her know -not only that we remember about Her- but also that we remember who We are in this land.
My inspiration for this project was my own sense of foreignness even in such a rich Hispanic region of the United States. Never devoutly religious, and not belonging the neighborhoods that host her, I instinctively chased after the icon that lives in every Mexican's consciousness. I found the image of the ultimate Mother of my culture to be alive and powerful and, by driving through unknown streets and photographing her, I got close and intimate with the city that I now call home, discovering a new feeling of belonging.