Trajectories (or where I stand)
I am a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Mexico of Cuban parents. My U.S. citizenship is due to my grandfather’s birth in Tampa, FL while my great grandfather was in exile during the Cuban War of Independence (also known as the Spanish American War). This work begins to thread back through generations a family history of migration and exile due to political upheaval. The images represent connections and dislocations in relation to home, family and history.
Vivian Poey is a photographer and educator in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her photographic work examines a number of issues ranging from migration and cultural assimilation to the passing of time. She is American, born in Mexico of Cuban parents and lived in Guatemala and Colombia before moving to the U.S. This complicated trajectory informs all of her work.
Poey earned an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and has exhibited her work in various venues in Tampa, Providence, Pittsburgh, Boston and in Florence, Italy.
Poey works to reach multiple communities showing her work in educational settings including the Boston Arts Academy and Lesley University, and has spoken about her work to students of various ages such as the Sumner Elementary school in Boston and at the Crimson Program for public high school students at Harvard University.