Carolyn Castaño: Cali es Cali

Carolyn Castaño:
Cali es Cali

 In Cali es Cali, Carolyn Castaño traces the trajectory of her family moving between Cali, Colombia and Los Angeles, California. She uses the photographic archive of her late father, Jairo Castaño, as a starting point to explore themes of home, memory, and cultural exchange. Jairo was an amateur photographer who made and collected more than 4,000 photographs of Colombia and California landscapes, his family, and the Latinx community. Photographs from the archive and large-scale landscape drawings by Castaño are presented alongside personal mementos, such as camera equipment, passports, airline tickets, and clothing. The installation transforms the gallery into a hybrid space that evokes traditional museum display and the Castaño family home, intentionally blurring the boundaries between personal narrative and the universal immigrant experience.

Carolyn Castaño: Cali es Cali (installation view), 2020-2021; Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Ana, CA; Photo: ofstudio.
Carolyn Castaño: Cali es Cali (installation view), 2020-2021; Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Ana, CA; Photo: ofstudio.
Carolyn Castaño, Tropical Geometries (Mochila Interruption, Magenta), 2017; watercolor, acrylic, gouache on Arches watercolor paper mounted on plexiglass; 51 x 40 inches; Courtesy of the artist and Walter Maciel Gallery.
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