Throughout history, people travel to different countries and more heterogeneous cities in search of opportunities and experiences. The phenomenon of the artist in exile for economical or artistic reasons is part of past and contemporary societies. Regarding relocation, émigré artist and scholar, Rasheed Araeen has stated that it would be a mistake to emphasize only the socio- political determinants of migration and not to fully understand the actual aims of individual artists who have left their country of origins to fulfill their artistic ambitions abroad (2009.) I want to contextualize my artistic practice within this territory, without ignoring the historical narrative of the island. I belong to a wave of students who moved to New York independently in the 1990s to advance our education and passion for the arts. Perhaps, we moved to New York attracted to a location that offered proximity to the island and also influenced by the comings and goings that are central in our experience. In addition, we traveled to New York fascinated by top art programs, world renowned museums and celebrated artistic neighborhoods. Mobility is a transformative experience, which has modified my everyday life and artwork.


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