This series comes to us from Jennifer Garza-Cuen. Her work explores the ideas of “inheritance, isolation, transience and estrangement in American Culture” This series, Eden, is the third part to a wider project entitled Wandering in Place. Having spent a decade traveling prior to creating this work, alongside being from a family that moved around, Jennifer’s works explores and question of her loss of origin.
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Home is something different to everyone, home could simply mean a place to lay your head, home could be family or where you feel safe. As a result of traveling Jennifer no longer felt she had a place to lay claim. Jennifer is ‘American’ but to Jennifer this statement felt loose, so she decided to create a photographic project that lays claim to a place she wasn't from, which started with the first part of Wandering in Place, Reno, NV.
The setting and composition of Jennifer’s work seems reminiscent of the mid 19th century Pre-Raphaelite painters. With one image almost paying homage to John Everette Milais’ Ophelia. To photograph often means to lay claim, Jennifer claims her inheritance by photographically exploring the idea of ‘Home’ and ‘Inheritance’.
Whilst traveling Jennifer noticed how people formed their perceptions based on information about their place of origin, profession and their genetic make up. Feeling shackled by the presupposed identity and myths of being ‘American’, Jennifer’s series explores her cultural identity by re-telling her experience of a place. Ultimately it is her discovery of the Dreamland that is still America.