No Me Desampares, Ni De Noche Ni De Día (Don’t Abandon Me, Neither At Night Nor By Day)
Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe is a Mexican cultural icon that roots from religious beliefs but is more so a national and patriotic symbol of Mexico. She is beloved by most, if not all, of the Mexican/Chicanx community because people attribute her with miraculously interceding on their behalf to produce positive well-being. Growing up, her image, story, and holiness was embedded into my life by my devoted parents and she was consciously displayed throughout our home in various forms including statues, frames, and prayer cards. She was my introduction into Mexican culture - as is the case for many other Mexican-American children. After I was introduced to her in a religious setting, I began to understand the devotion that my parents alongside the majority of the community have for her, which is when she became prominent in my life and I affirmed my faith in her. Undoubtedly, since her transcendence into the modern world, her image has been heavily commercialized, prompting her appearance in various forms and places; yet, she remains regarded with the utmost respect and is worn with pride for all that she entails. No Me Desampares, Ni De Noche Ni De Día explores the various ways in which La Virgen de Guadalupe influences my spirituality and manifests herself in my life both literally and figuratively.
Annette Palacios is a Chicana photographer (b. 2003 Brooklyn, NY; based in NYC) and a senior at the High School of Fashion Industries where she was introduced to the world of artistic expression through her studies of black-and-white film photography. Palacios is working across several genres and themes of identity, family, culture, religion, and otherness to explore and document the beauty in her surrounding world. Her work is fluid, performative, and abstract, and usually takes on the form of portraiture. She finds inspiration in the mundane, day to day interactions between people and their environments, conversations overheard on NYC streets, and the colors that materialize on her neighborhood strolls. Her introduction to film photography has been an immersive experience motivating her passion and prompted her to become a student at the International Center of Photography. Palacios waits enthusiastically for the start of her college experience later this year as she will be studying film/TV production to further strengthen her storytelling abilities through moving image and sound.