La Presa | by Photographer Kevin Serna

Words and images ©  KEVIN SERNA

Words and images © KEVIN SERNA

CHICAGO-BASED PHOTOGRAPHER KEVIN SERNA CONFRONTS THE TOPIC OF IDENTITY IN HIS SERIES titled 'LA PRESA.' WHERE HE DOCUMENTED THE TOWN IN WHICH HIS FATHER GREW UP IN OF Presa de los Serna, A STARK CONTRAST TO HIS OWN UPBRINGING IN THE SUBURBS OF CHICAGO.

My father’s identity was shaped in a town called Presa de los Serna; his language, his values, and his expectations. My identity was shaped in a predominantly white suburban town outside of Chicago. I’ve always sensed our cultural differences and at times painfully so.

With La Presa, I wanted to confront my relationship with my father through observation of the place where he solidified his identity in before immigrating to the U.S. during the late 70’s.

In La Presa, we arrive in a small mountain town located in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Over the seven year span of this project, many of the photographs take place during an annual week long celebration of San Jose, the Father of Jesus.

In these observations, my father is almost never directly photographed, but simply a character at the edge of the frame guiding me into the world I believe he truly inhabits.

Through these photographs; mutual empathy and realizations emerge and the divide mends. This is how I am able to truly know my father.

To learn more about this series, you can now purchase La Presa in book form.

“I wanted to confront my relationship with my father through observation of the place where he solidified his identity in before immigrating to the U.S. during the late 70’s.”

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