© Alejandra Regalado, Andrea T., Shadow Box of Wedding Objects, In Reference To series 2011
© Alejandra Regalado, Vianey C., Leather Mexican Folk Dance Shoe, In Reference To series 2011
© Alejandra Regalado, Loreto A., Powder Box With Scapular, Garlic and Coral, In Reference To series 2011

Alejandra Regalado: In Reference To

October 27, 2013 – February 7, 2014
Pregones Theater
571 – 575 Walton Avenue
Bronx, NY 10451 

My work explores issues of cultural identity, femininity, and our relationship to these themes through personal objects. Like most women who have immigrated to the United States, when I moved to New York I had to leave behind a lifetime of memories and was only able to bring with me a few prized possessions. The objects that traveled with me symbolize what I cherish most: my family and my culture. The longer I have lived outside Mexico the more important these objects have become to me, and the more they have shaped and influenced my own personal identity– not only as a Mexican woman, but as an immigrant in the United States.

In Reference To combines all of these elements by exploring how a group of Mexican women who immigrated to the U.S. at different points in their lives went through the process of choosing which personal objects, among all of their belongings, were important enough to take with them on their journey. These precious objects are literally references to their past lives, backgrounds, cultures, and femininity. These women treasure their objects not only because they represent their lives back in Mexico, but also because these objects represent a piece of the past that can be held onto by future generations. Each woman and her object tell a unique story; taken together, they form a visual narrative that has a life of its own.”

Read more about Alejandra HERE.