Selma Fernandez Richter

Photographer, Educator, Producer
The Ache for Home
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nationality: Mexican
Biography:           Selma Fernandez Richter is a photographer and visual storyteller specializing in portraiture. She creates images that capture the extraordinary in the everyday, with topics ranging from the process of forging a... read on
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The Ache for Home
Credits: selma fernandez richter
Updated: 05/18/16
Location: Minneapolis, MN

The Ache for Home lives in all of us,
the safe place where we can go as we are 
and not be questioned.

Maya Angelou

I left my home in Mexico years ago when drug violence reached unprecedented levels and resettled in Minnesota. The Ache for Home is a meditation on my experience of adapting to a new life and creating a new home. 

Over the last five years, I have photographed recent immigrants to the Twin Cities, primarily from Burma, Bhutan and Somalia; who have been displaced from their homeland by war, violence and famine. 

I often meet my subjects just after they’ve arrived. I establish a relationship with them based on our common experience as foreigners. My portraits capture the ambivalence my subjects feel about being in a new environment that both welcomes them and mistrusts difference, and of making the unfamiliar familiar. 

Over the course of several months, sometimes years, I follow their journey as they adapt to a new context while holding on to their culture. My own process of immigrating to America connects me to my subjects.