Safe Heaven, 2013
120 mm/ Archival Inkjet Print, Dimensions Variable, Duration Variable
This work is the second chapter of a documentary series about Mexican immigrant women in New York. I decided to document their lives during their free time at their homes.
Homes have deep emotional meaning. Through their homes we get to know them, their motivations, their thoughts and aspirations along with the conditions they live in that reveal how much they have achieved and struggled. They have painted and decorated their rooms according to their own personal story and choice. I am exploring the notion of safety and confidence in relation to space. This project is an interpretation of immigration using color as a unifying metaphor of diversity and acceptance. Each woman is identified with a color palette so that a mosaic of color represents diversity.
This project is an extraordinary window to the live of Mexican immigrant women where they can be masters of their own world, where they can control their time and their choices, where they have a safe heaven.
Ruth Prieto Arenas was born and raised in Mexico City. She graduated from the program in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at the International Center of Photography in 2012. She has published her work at Picnic, New York Times Lens blog and Burn magazine.