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St. Louis

March 21-23, 2024

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Marivi Ortiz-Shoda

SPE Member since 2006
Member Chapter: Midwest


At the time of this project, my daughter was 10 years of age. There comes a time when your child stops communicating every detail of their daily experiences (a crushing moment to any parent). As a young girl of Latin American descent, I recall often being confused about my identity and wondered what similar feelings my daughter, and other young girls her age, may have been experiencing and not communicating.

In response to my concerns, I spent a few years photographing my daughter and a few of her friends. I wanted to unmask the physical appearance of the girls and convey a sense of the individual within groups. To do so, I recorded the seemingly ordinary signals of presence and space. Such signals, apparent through gesture, various emotional and psychological nuances, and the personalization of space, are often used to reflect one’s unique interests.

Eileen riding home on the train

after school girl talk

hidden treasures

Jocelyn, having a bad day

Make me famous

Serafina, after arguing with her mother


Badema and her sister at Briar Park

Letter from Eileen to Terra


Megan and Jocelyn

Terra, home sick

hidden message

Rosanna rummaging through her collection

Practice makes perfect

Megan watching television in her bedroom

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