Introduction

This portfolio is about Prudencio Dembélé, a twenty-two year old boy who was born in Spain but whose parents are from Mali. He is a man who has lived in three different realities: the Spanish, the Malian (on a trip back to “his origins”) and the Canadian one (because his family moved there). Through his eyes, we are told a story, his story; about how different those places are, about how he experienced different cultures and, above anything else: His sense of identity. Is he Malian? Is he Spanish? Or maybe he feels Canadian? In order to explore those ideas we divided this project in two parts: the official truth and the personal truth, or the theoretical and creative ones. The first part contains background information about Mali’s history, Mali in Spain through statistics and associations, and some documents on migration. The other part explores Prudencio as a transnational person in many artistic forms: a DIY suitcase, a drawing and a cloth doll.

Who is he? How does he feel? Sometimes we cannot discover him fully, but by listening to his voice we can have a taste of his feelings.

By Carla Asensio, Clara Esquerdo, Anna Ferrón & Elena Peris

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