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Krystal Oliva

Pelo de Titiqaqa

archival inkjet print, 2014, 39"w x 26"h

In the summer of 2013, I visited Peru for the first time. My father was born there, and I had always heard great stories about this faraway and exotic place. My physical features have always reminded of Peru. I see Peru when I look at my skin, my eyes, my ears and my hair. While in Peru I coveted the long braids of the women. Some women would have colorful, large pom-poms in their braids. When I came back to the United States, I began making my own pom-poms, trying to mimic what I saw in Peru. The weight of the pom-poms pulls my hair causing pain in my scalp, reminding me of my time as a tourist
in my father’s homeland.


Krystal Oliva - Pelo de Titiqaqa

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