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A selection of images from “Caribbean Dreams” by Bronx, New York-based photographer Samantha Box. Box’s photographic practice has spanned several genres, from documentary work focused on New York City’s LGBTQ youth of color, to her more recent studio-based practice. Currently ongoing, “Caribbean Dreams” explores themes of history, identity, and the diasporic experience through still life and self portraiture, bringing together family heirlooms, Caribbean fruits and vegetables, seedlings, transplanted clippings, and Box’s own body and hair.
“On this syncretic stage, the colonial past and the urban present, the exiled and the rooted, and multiple iterations of self, can exist simultaneously, and thus, be challenged and re-imagined,” she explains. “In the chaos of these slippery intersections, there is the chance to measure my knotty personal, ancestral, and historical narratives. This evolving body of work asks: what is the nature of exodus, and of the transformations that happen therein? What is the language of diaspora; how do we speak these words?”
See more from “Caribbean Dreams” below!