Silvia Ros

Post 67
Location: Miami, Florida
Nationality: Cuban American
Biography: Silvia Ros is a Cuban-American, Miami-based photographer with a master’s degree in architecture. After a decade as a museum photographer, she launched a freelance career, concentrating not only on her own creative projects such as... read on
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Post 67
Credits: silvia ros
Date of Work: 12/31/69 - Ongoing
Updated: 10/25/20
I have been photographing the American Legion Post 67 in North Miami for several years. As a Cuban-American lesbian and liberal democrat, I have worked to be welcomed, included and invited to document the inner workings of this uniquely American space. These people, this community, have become, for me, more than a story. I am not saying that they are a welcoming crowd, but they have created a family and allowed me to be a part of it.
I am fascinated by what has drawn this group together and how they navigate life’s challenges; the slights which set off an argument, and the shared past which brings them back together. They are survivors.
The Legion building brings them together day after day; it could be the cheap drinks, or the regular steak dinners, but it is also the support that celebrates a birthday or mourns a loss together. I don’t have a lot in common with the majority of the people there, but at Post 67, I was welcomed into a space where I didn’t really belong and that has taught me a great deal about what America can and should be.

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