A conversation with Brendan Nakahara & Chaz Bundick. Photos by Andrea Granera for @mydnandfrnds zine vol. I
YOU DON’T NEED TO EXPLAIN WHY YOU DESERVE TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF. YOU CAN BE A COCKY BITCH IF YOU WANT TO AND I WILL ALWAYS CELEBRATE YOU, CELEBRATING YOU. IF I FEEL THREATENED BY THAT, I WILL TAKE THAT UP WITH MY INSECURITIES (BUT THAT’S A WHOLE NOTHER THINK PIECE, OR TEN).
EXPERIMENTING WITH SELFIES HAS GIVEN ME A TANGIBLE WAY TO TRACK MY PROGRESS OF SELF CONFIDENCE AND AGENCY. IT HELPS ME TO MOVE AND FLOW WITHIN THAT TURBULENT STRUGGLE. WHETHER OR NOT SELFIES ARE YOUR THING, I HOPE EVERYONE CAN EMBRACE THAT BEING A SUBJECT CAN BE EMPOWERING AND INFORMATIVE...
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Religion in a latin household often reaches further: it's life, it's family, it's culture, it's aesthetics, it's traditions, it's relationships, it is memories of all kinds. Over Christmas break I took a look at my photo album from my first communion. A lot of inter-familial hardship and struggle is associated with these photos and the iconography around them. As I start to really solidify who I am at 22, revisiting these helps me visualize and contextualize my relationships with my relatives, my culture, and my spirituality. I want POBRECITA to help latinx womyn visit their confusing childhoods. Many of us juggled liminal identity spaces with culture and religion yet kept a cute smile on our face, rosaries in our hands, and said prayers every night. Many years later, with some weird anthropological perspective and a liberal arts degree, what do these symbols mean to us? They are now pouring out of my work subconsciously and consciously, there's a serious pull for reclamation and ownership as we see them seep into commercial hipster culture (prayer candles sold at urban outfitters). There's so much orbiting around my relationship to latin catholicism, and POBRECITA is the beginning of my investigation.
For MIJITA Art Collective, New York, 2017