Flor, 2021, 96in x 36in, Digital Print on Chiffon,
The piece depicts my grandparents, my mother’s parents. I am exploring those moments we cherish and choose to remember. The work is part of an ongoing series of installations that explore my generational connection with plants and examines how control over land has shaped perspectives on heritage. The work is emblematic of displacement and exploitation, but also of home and resilience.
Barranca de Oblatos, 72” x 36”, Digital Print on Woven Canvas
Named after the canyon where my grandfather's farm is and the region where many of his children were born… the work represents the impact globalization is having on rural communities and how landscapes are being altered by production of produce not native to the region..such as bananas and mangos.
Resilience, 54in x 72in, Digital Print on Polyester
The image of the family is from a photo I purchased in a street market in Mexico… the work was created to honor the single mothers who migrate in search of a better life for their children.
Edgar Reyes (b. Guadalajara, Mexico) is a multimedia artist and educator based in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. Reyes’ work invites viewers to think about the people, places, and connections they carry with them. His practice draws on the specifics of his own life, and reflections of shared experiences of resettlement and migration. Through his art making he explores his family's Mexican and Indigenous roots.
Reyes earned his M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has taught at non-profit organizations, schools, universities, and museums. Many of his projects are autobiographical and a reflection of his personal journey as an undocumented youth in the United States. His work explores how the blending of Indigenous and European traditions is an ongoing process of conquest and resistance. Reyes develops projects in a collaborative platform as an act of healing and as a resource to creatively engage others in our connection to the land and our narratives of survival.