Still playing with fire

"Despite the racial stereotypes and legally mandated isolation of racial groups, the actual lines became blurred. Many Mestizos acquired wealth and status and gained acceptance as creoles.

A legal procedure allowed people to establish 'purity of blood' ('Limpieza de Sangre') by paying a fee. Such a payment enabled to consider themselves and to be considered creole.

Similarly many Indian leaders, despite their mixed ancestry, continued in their positions."

 

-Philip L. Russell, The Essential History of Mexico

 

"Limpieza de Sangre" is a reflection of my personal experience, family and communal history. As the product of Mexican, Native (Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians)  and Settler blood and culture I have always felt frozen between place, time and people. My home, Las Cruces, New Mexico, is in many ways the same. This project aims to serve as a visual interrogation of post colonial sentiments and culture among my own family and my community at large.