Cuban-American / Polish-American
Yiri Yiri Bon, inspired by the song (by Eliades Ochoa), laments towards a home that is no longer made suitable for its inhabitants, due to external forces.
Wunch’s own personal relationship to the geopolitical situation of Cuba and the United States is expressed as an ineluctable duality, sentiments where “in suffering and in prosperity” go hand in hand, in a land that both offers and takes from him simultaneously.
The piece goes on to describe the lasting effects of colonialism, more so, the ways that it has affected their own relationships to their culture and family. This tension has created an unquenchable yearning for a place that he and many others are unsure if they can call home.
“I think this piece communicates a very specific and yet universal feeling within myself that I have never quite expressed through art before, and have been hesitant to express to friends or family. It is indicative of my own personal relationship to Cuba and to its culture, that has not been told second hand to me through family or what I ‘should’ think about its history, but through my own personal thoughts and experiences.” —J.W.
Jorge Wunch is a multimedia artist from the Gulf South. Growing up in a culturally and environmentally rich part of the world, in a Cuban-American family, opened them up to the complex web of history, politics, and geography that exist in the land and in their family. Jorge uses words, music, photography, and film to untangle this web and weave new connections.