Jordan Cruz

2024 Aim Fellow

Artist Statement

My interdisciplinary practice honors nostalgia as a radical emotional celebration of diasporic Puerto Rican identity and resistance. Through research and archival examinations of family lore, spiritual practices, and block culture, I create installations using votive wax sculptures to represent tools of cultural endurance. This material, which is always reclaimed and reformed, burns in tribute during site-specific public performances. They activate the codes of protection passed down through intergenerational conversations about collective memory, transformation, and self determination. My practice presents an opportunity to critically embrace evidence of the past while reclaiming the potential of a liberated future.

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