Photo Journal Mondays: Antonio Pulgarin

Photo Journal Mondays: Antonio Pulgarin

1981, Fragments of the Masculine © Antonio Pulgarin

1981, Fragments of the Masculine © Antonio Pulgarin

Project: Fragments of the Masculine

“Fragments of the Masculine” utilizes photography and photographic collage to create conceptually focused works that tackle themes of cultural and sexual identity, memory, and displacement. The series is deeply informed by my connections to both my Colombian heritage and the Latino narrative in America. This current work uses an archive of found images of my uncle and biological father in order to explore this issue.

A Chest That Bears Honor, Fragments of the Masculine © Antonio Pulgarin

A Chest That Bears Honor, Fragments of the Masculine © Antonio Pulgarin

These archival images represent specific times in the lives of these two men—including photographs from the time my uncle spent in the Colombian military in his youth, or polaroids of my father from his time in prison. As an adolescent, it was only through these photographs that I was able to connect with these men, which inherently linked the depiction of the military and the prison system to my ideas of masculinity. 

An Encaged Lineage, Fragments of the Masculine © Antonio Pulgarin

An Encaged Lineage, Fragments of the Masculine © Antonio Pulgarin

Communion1972, Fragments of the Masculine © Antonio Pulgarin

Communion1972, Fragments of the Masculine © Antonio Pulgarin

Through this project, I seek to challenge the construct of Latino masculinity or the Machismo, while re-contextualizing the fabric of my own identity

Como Ser Macho (Blue), Fragments of the Masculine © Antonio Pulgarin

Como Ser Macho (Blue), Fragments of the Masculine © Antonio Pulgarin

Como Ser Macho (Yellow), Fragments of the Masculine © Antonio Pulgarin

Como Ser Macho (Yellow), Fragments of the Masculine © Antonio Pulgarin

Each image in this series presents a deconstructed version of the original archival images as I have interpreted them, incorporating culturally specific printed materials as well as the colors of the Colombian flag. These images place an emphasis on the fragmented relationship I share with both my culture and these central figures in my life.

Letters From A Father, Fragments of the Masculine © Antonio Pulgarin

Letters From A Father, Fragments of the Masculine © Antonio Pulgarin

He Was Only 25..., Fragments of the Masculine © Antonio Pulgarin

He Was Only 25..., Fragments of the Masculine © Antonio Pulgarin

Namesake, Fragments of the Masculine, © Antonio Pulgarin

Namesake, Fragments of the Masculine, © Antonio Pulgarin

Through the Veil, Fragments of the Masculine © Antonio Pulgarin

Through the Veil, Fragments of the Masculine © Antonio Pulgarin

More of Antonio’s work can be seen here.

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