IBARRIA PHOTO: Creating Concrete Dreams

Concrete Indigenous is a lyrical documentary of environmental portraiture of Chicanos indigenous people. In the project, I explore the life of indigenous people living in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. The project is intended to expand the conversation regarding Chicano’s of indigenous descent; to communicate the intersectionality of Chicano identity and their relationship to their environment. 

As a first-generation immigrant of Mexico and someone who has embraced the term Chicano, my interest in exploring the intersectionality of Mexican Americans in the United States arise from textbooks regarding the Chicano Movement of the 1970s. The crux of the project is based on Chicano’s who embrace their indigenous makeup. 

Each photograph is printed in a8x10 format. The size is unique, giving emphasis on the subject and environment. The project is photographed using a Fuji X100F camera because it is a lightweight camera that is ideal for environmental portraiture. Watch my video for more information on the project.

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