Here is a short video of the opening night at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain in D.C. You can visit the exhibition until the 28th of June.
If you can not visit the exhibition in Washington D.C. you can now explore it virtually by following this link. Virtual Gallery
You can click on all the images and the headphones on display to access to the interviews and also see the photographs larger. Use the arrows to navigate through the different rooms and enjoy exploring the space and the artwork.
For those who can make it, the exhibition would be open until the 28th June at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain.
The EXHIBITION premieres at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain in Washington, D.C. on April 30, from 7pm to 8.30pm. Here you have more information in case you would like to attend: Info
The BOOK will be presented on Saturday 2nd May at 12pm with a conversation between the Embassy of Spain’s Cultural Counselor Guillermo Corral, the SPAIN arts & culture team and myself.
You can purchase the book in the USA by following this link:
I will post later on more information about where you can get the book if you live in Europe.
In the following weeks I will be posting some photographs and excerpts form the interviews with the Spanish descendants I met during the journey. It has been a fascinating experience to cross our paths and I hope to share some glimpses about how they feel when thinking in their identity.
Corina was born in Taos, in northern New Mexico, and now lives in Santa Fe. She works as an accountant and also serves as a Major and Logistics Officer for the U.S. Army Reserves. As she told me, she belongs to many cultures, with one ancestor from France and some from Spain, who arrived via Mexico, finally settling in Rancho de Taos on what was then the frontier of New Spain. Some of the descendants of these first conquistadors were mixed blood with Native Americans from the surrounding area. Others were mixed with the ‘‘genízaros’’ that settled in this lands. They traded with the nomadic Navajos, Apaches, Utes and Comanches, who in most cases had been forced to accept Catholicism and speak Spanish. Corina is not totally sure about where exactly in Spain her ancestors came from, but she proudly celebrates her shared roots. She has formed a traditional folkloric group with her twelve-year-old daughter and they dance together at many fiestas in and around Santa Fe. Each New Year’s Eve, she joins her family in Taos to dance traditional ‘‘Comanche dances,’’ which honor the arrival of a new period.
I met with Cipriano firstly in Abiquiu and afterwards in El Rito, at his home, to interview him for the project. Recently he has started a kickstarter campaign to raise funds to continue with his project where he hopes to go into the schools to teach students from 3rd to 6th grades how to build a cigar box guitar, that they learn to play and keep at the end. Cipriano has played an important role in preserving the traditional songs of New Mexico and has collected the lyrics mainly in Spanish and melodies of romances, entregas, décimas, cuandos and corridos. If you can help please donate or promote this beautiful project.
You can see his campaign here:
This month we have been really busy preparing for the exhibition that will open on the 30th of April in Washington DC at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain. I know that some Spanish descendants from California will be attending to the private view so if you would like to know more details about this event just get in touch with me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!
During my last visit to California I had the opportunity to meet with some of the descendants I knew from my prior visit and also to engage with new people that kindly shared their stories for the project. I am working on the book at the moment so I hope to be able to share soon their experiences.