- Rita Baunok
- transfer print on aluminum mounted to a wooden block
- 9″ x 12″
- 1 of 5
La Esperanza #17 Block
I have been a traveler since July 2016. I made trips in time and emotional space, collecting information, taking thousands of photographs and recording everything in diary form. I uncovered a specifc story but I discovered so much more. I savored the process of research, fnding places of my heart and my ancestors, and the joy of exploration accompanied every step.
La Esperanza reveals details about me, lost children and a 140-year-old place. The project sheds light on my experiences and feelings about my journey and my subject. This is my personal story within the universal vastness of repetition and pattern. La Esperanza is a tale of fnding myself and learning who I am in the world. It is a personal, complicated emotional work rooted in loss, love, displacement, sorrow, union and hope. The narrative introduces a place to the viewer, and we travel together back and forth in time to collect fragments that build a family and a home.
During my year-long voyage, I multiplied the world through my photographs and explored the variations and repetitions, but I could not get closer to the truth; meanings are always multiple and changing.