In Linen, a site-specific piece specially created for Outside 11, the photographic image has been transferred onto fabric and installed along an outdoors washing line. Family members who live in different countries seem to inhabit the individual cloth items, and by clustering them together a sense of reunion momentarily happens, the disperse diaspora is once more united.
Washing is normally something that is experienced as intimate, kept out of the sight of the others. There is even an English saying 'do not wash one's dirty linen in public' which reflects not only nuances of how English people relate to one another but also cultural do's and don'ts. Social taboos such as this one form a complex and puzzling set of unwritten rules that the immigrant has to negotiate and understand if he is to adapt to the culture he is emigrating to. As an immigrant myself, I had to revise and change cultural habits that once seemed normal in the context of my Spanish latino culture. Linen is an attempt to bring intimacies to the foreground, to highlight the power of visual and sociological statements and to suggest that photography can also be interpreted as a voyeuristic medium that shows what others are not supposed to see. Linen is ultimately an homage to my culture of origin, which had, and always will have, linen flapping about in the sun, for everybody to see.