Photography and Mixed Media
New Americans Museum, San Diego, CA
Intro to the Dark (2017)
Lab 347, San Diego, CA
Faculty + One (2016)
San Diego City College, San Diego, CA
The New Americans Museum (San Diego, CA) presents Landsick an exhibit that explores the hybridity of culture, complexity of intergenerational relationships and study of binational families. Through the archiving of family photos, Javier examines the literal and metaphorical impact of distance, between first generation Americans and their migrant ancestors. The installation pays tribute to family history, their place of origin and migration home.
When I am out on open water, I am consumed by the feeling of familiarity, somehow my body knows its been there before. Muscle memory, water rocking back and forth, the ocean soothes me. The movement of the water takes me, it’s a feeling, I call it home.
My understanding of family has always been connected to distance. The space between us; how far, where from and how often we see each other. I absorb the evolution of generation, culture, language and behavior.
The water heals me, and while I am on land, I will always deal with a strange feeling and memory that reminds me of elsewhere.