Santos y sombras / Saints and Shadows

Santos y sombras | Saints and Shadows

I come from peoples in exile.

I became an adult with an extreme sensitivity to the irreconcilable…

Since 1990, I have committed my creative energy to developing a body of work that explores my family history and sense of identity. Santos y sombras is a refuge against silence and forgetting. The work becomes a personal diary where I mold the emotional aura surrounding my Palestinian/Salvadoran Christian and Polish/French Jewish family as I was growing up in El Salvador.

With the Todos los santos (All the Saints) images, I explore my memories of childhood as well as delve into the expression of identity of my paternal, Palestinian Christian family. Through the finding of family photos and documents, the collection of oral histories, and the re-evaluation of my own perceptions, I am slowly reconstructing a world that, with the process of assimilation and the passage of time, had become obscured.

The ¿Sólo una sombra? (Only a Shadow?) images take me into a world where silence is refuge; persecuted in France and in Poland during World War II, my maternal Jewish family had no alternative but to become invisible. Through my work, I begin to unearth the lingering echoes of those silenced voices, hoping to regenerate them, from burnt ash into glimmering light.

My photographic work, then, is a process of re-encounter, of synthesis, and of re-creation. Through it, past and present become interlaced in a renewed configuration; the Palestinian desert and Eastern European ash sift, shift and blend in the volcanic sands of El Salvador, to form the texture of the path on which I define and express my experience.

Todos los santos VIII (La llegada)/ All the Saints (The Arrival)
Todos los santos II (Recuerdos)/All the Saints II (Memories)
Todos los santos IV/ All the Saints IV
Todos los santos I/All the Saints I
Todos los santos III/All the Saints III
Todos los santos V/ All the Saints V
Ofrenda/Offering
La Verónica y su fotograma/Veronica and her Photogram
Todos los santos VI (porque Dios así lo quiso)/ (It was God's Will)
Todos los santos (graecos schismaticos) / (Greek Schematics)
No images in this folder

Todos los santos VIII (La llegada)/ All the Saints (The Arrival), Todos los santos II (Recuerdos)/All the Saints II (Memories), Todos los santos IV/ All the Saints IV, Todos los santos I/All the Saints I, Todos los santos III/All the Saints III, Todos los santos V/ All the Saints V, Ofrenda/Offering, La Verónica y su fotograma/Veronica and her Photogram, Todos los santos VI (porque Dios así lo quiso)/ (It was God's Will), Todos los santos (graecos schismaticos) / (Greek Schematics), Peregrino/Pilgrim, El altar de mi bisabuelo/My great grandfather's altar, Altar I, Todos los santos VII/ All the Saints VII, ¿Sólo una sombra?/ Only a Shadow? (The Gate), Palestina llega I/ Palestine Arrives I, Palestina llega a El Salvador/Palestine Arrives in El Salvador, Todos los santos (La Dolorosa) / All the Saints (Lady of Sorrows), Todos los santos (Volcán de Izalco, amén) / (Izalco Volcano, Amen), ¿Sólo una sombra?/ Only a Shadow? (Ester's Poems), ¿Sólo una sombra?/ Only a Shadow? (Ester IV), ¿Sólo una sombra?/ Only a Shadow? (Ester I), ¿Sólo una sombra?/Only a Shadow? (Ester), ¿Sólo una sombra?/ Only a Shadow? (Ester III), ¿Sólo una sombra?/ Only a Shadow? (Ester II), ¿Sólo una sombra? (Fantôme)/ Only a Shadow? (Phantom), ¿Sólo una sombra? (Presencia)/Only a Shadow? (Presence), ¿Sólo una sombra?/ Only a Shadow? (In Memoriam), ¿Sólo una sombra?/ Only a Shadow? (Mosze's Dream), ¿Sólo una sombra? (Familia Chmielnik)/Only a Shadow? (Chmielnik Family, ¿Sólo una sombra?/ Only a Shadow? (Pola), ¿Sólo una sombra? (Familia Lódz)/ Only a Shadow? (Lódz Family), ¿Sólo una sombra?/ Only a Shadow? (Faiga), ¿Sólo una sombra?/ Only a Shadow? (Lejzor), ¿Sólo una sombra?/ Only a Shadow? (The Gate), ¿Sólo una sombra?/ Only a Shadow? (The Gate II), ¿Sólo una sombra?/ Only a Shadow? (The Gate III),