Querida Presencia explores various relationships between collective memory and historical instances of state-sponsored violence and trauma inflicted on politicized bodies. Bodies become politicized by either attempting to dislodge themselves from their dispossessed condition or by their cultural identities opposing a dominant status quo.
Within a Latin American historical framework, Herrera constructs print-based objects, installations and environments that echo lived experiences of those who are no longer with us. Print-based process translate the content through symbolically revealing the act of remembering in producing tracings and impressions.
Slicing open wounds into wood, burning the surface of lithostone with acid, and the crushing of ink on paper under immense pressure, re-animates acts of violence that carries through an art-object’s final presentation.