diaspora - greek term meaning "dispersal"
The African Diaspora is based on a globalized notion of Blackness - as community and identity.
This photo series captures Nicaragua's Atlantic Coast in 2013 during my participation in the Afro Diaspora Research Program abroad with the University of Texas at Austin. I grew up in a multi-cultural Mexican-Nicaraguan household in Los Angeles. My brothers are Nicaraguan and my Sister is Guatemalan but just like in many “Mestizo” households, African ancestry was always suppressed in the family’s historical narration. When I published my series Diasporic Nicaragua, my Stepfather (Born in Leon, Nicaragua) asked “Are you in Jamaica?” There continues to be a widespread ignorance to the Black Atlantic of Central America. I want my photographs to spark conversations about racial justice and I want my work to challenge anti-blackness in the Latino community.