“Aliens Sans Frontières”


Chagoya describes this print:

In this codex I have made multiple self-portraits as male and female ethnic stereotypes portraying African, European, Mexican, Brazilian, Asian and Middle Eastern characters.  I use my own face in the portraits to show that under any ethnic stereotype is an individual and that we are all from the same species.  I do this with some sense of humor but without trivializing the seriousness of the subject.

 I recently had my DNA ancestry researched and I learned that I have genes from Native American (from Central Mexico), European, Ashkenazi, Middle Eastern/North African, Sub Sahara African, and East and South Asian ancestors.  This may be a partial self-portrait of my genetic makeup within my DNA.