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Unknown Distances, from the series Unknown Distances/Undiscovered Islands

2006-2007, printed 2012 iliana emilia garcía Born: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 1970 inkjet print on canvas image: 30 x 38 in. (76.2 x 96.5 cm) canvas: 32 x 40 in. (81.3 x 101.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase made possible by William W. W. Parker © 2006, iliana emilia garcía 2013.32.1 Not currently on view

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A palpable sense of longing animates garcía’s photograph of two rustic chairs common in the Dominican Republic that are posed like star-crossed lovers on the beach. This romantic imagery becomes a vehicle to consider the ties that bind immigrants to their native countries.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013