by Javier Gonzalez, Council District 3
Inkjet print, 2019
Courtesy of the Artist
A Donde Vamos is a body of work made during the passing of my last living grandfather.
Upon his death, my family and I rushed to Mexico for his burial and to wish him farewell. During this time, we performed the burial rituals, and I took to my camera to process my emotions. I photographed landscape images from my native country and grounded my feelings by observing and embracing where I come from. We don't know where we are going after death, but acknowledging where we came from helped me mourn the passing of this loved one.