NEARER TO ME 

This photo series began from my desire of enligting chinese women and to get closer from my origins.

I’m a child of immigrants, I was born and raised in Paris by my mom who is colombian. My biological father is sino american. I’v never been able to be in contact with my Chinese roots. 

 

Growing up looking as a half Chinese woman in a predominantly white society that still holds habits of ordinary and systemic racism was very ambiguous, for a long time french racism was the only mirror to my origins.

Those last years I was able to create and photograph more and more asian women which allowed me to have a clearer view of myself and the position of persons of color in our societies.

Trough this series I want to express the beauty and simplicity of young Chinese women I met in Toronto and Paris.

 

In the making of this artwork I shared with these women hopes, pieces of our lives and cultures. It also gave me a new vision of how it is being a child of immigrant or immigrant.

 

I think it is never too late to reconnect with who we are and reclaim our own narrative, I hope through this picturesI will be able to show another view that our societies deeply needs of women and Chinese cultures.

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