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Antonio Pulgarin




This photographic collage piece is part of a larger on-going body of work entitled, "Fragments of the Masculine." Informed by my connections to both my Colombian Heritage and the Latino narrative in America, my current work uses an archive of found images of my uncle and biological father. These archival images represent specific times in the lives of these men; images from my uncle's youth including his time spent in the Colombian Military, and polaroids of my father from his time in prison. As an adolescent, it was only through these photographs that I was able to connect with these two men, linking the depiction of the Military and the Prison System to ideas of masculinity .Through this new work, I seek to challenge the construct of Latino Masculinity, or Machismo, all while re-contextualizing the fabric of my own identity. Each image in this series presents a deconstructed version of the original archival images as I interpret them, incorporating cultural materials and the colors of the Colombian flag, and placing emphasis on my fragmented relationship with both my culture and these central figures in my life. This particular image addresses the namesake that I share with my uncle. Shortly after his passing in 1987, I was left to carry on my uncle's legacy through our shared namesake.

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EducationBFA Photography, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
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