I spent two months traveling the eastern half of the island with fellow woman of color creative, Celia Benvenutti. We lived at her father's home on the southern coast of the island in Guayama, but spent much of our time on the highway visiting San Juan, Loiza, Patillas, Ponce, Utuado, Salinas, Arroyo, and more. I wanted a new space to explore visual storytelling, having just escaped/graduated from five years of academia at Howard University. Celia sought to enrich her research and training for certification in the Dunham dance technique. We both found refuge in the art of our diaspora.
Bree Gant is a photographer and art model based in Detroit. Her imagery is rooted in self-portraiture, street fashion, and the Black diaspora. A fated traveler, Bree follows her lens to new branches of old family trees and not-so-far-away lands. In her wanderlust emergency kit: film camera, chapstick, chocolate, pencil, and a journal.