- Rita Baunok Photography
- Inkjet print on paper
- Limited edition
- Size: 6” x 4 1/2”
La Esperanza 56
Size: 6” x 4 1/2”
Artist Statement – La Esperanza
I made trips in time and emotional space, collecting information, taking thousands of photographs and recording everything in diary form. I uncovered a specific story but I discovered so much more. I savored the process of research, finding 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 finding 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.