About this piece:
Growing up in Miami, Florida, I always felt like I did not belong. As a second-generation American, born in America with Cuban parents, I felt like I had two identities. In Miami, Cuba was present in my every day.
To understand what it means to have two identities, how my identities were formed, and why it is so important to me, I looked inward. I also conducted interviews with other Cuban-Americans to learn about their experiences and how they perceive their identity.
As a result, I designed this autobiographical book, describing my experiences growing up in Miami and how these experiences and the environment made me who I am, both Cuban and American. The structure of the book is, in essence, a book within a book, where the main focus is my personal narrative with excerpts of stories revealed during the interviews.
As designer-author and through visual storytelling, I hope to gain understanding, acceptance, and cultural empathy.
paper, board, thread, mixed media, ink
About the artist:
A second-generation Cuban-American, Myda is an American but Cuba is present in her life everyday. She lives within two worlds. To explore this experience, she has created autobiographical books that employ ethnographic research methods and conducts interviews with first and second-generation Americans. Her intent is to engage the audience and gain understanding, acceptance and cultural empathy.