Moving forward, looking back will explore the Spanish legacy found along the Old Spanish Trail, a route that was envisioned to link the colonial outposts of New Mexico and California.
I will be traveling in Orwell, a 1984 RV that will be my home and my modern day mule as I explore the Old Spanish Trail in the footsteps of the explorer and merchant Antonio Armijo, who travelled between New Mexico and California in 1829. I will be searching out how the traditions of the first settlers who established along the way since the early 19th century have merged with domestic cultures influencing the creation and identity of today’s pueblos and modern cities. The RV will act as a portable studio and as a meeting place from which to engage with the Spanish descendants that I encounter along the way. I will be photographing and recording their oral histories to reveal some traces of the intangible heritage that remains across these states.