The traditional definition of diaspora is understood as a population that cannot return to their homeland due to multiple circumstances. In this book I do not refer to a physical return but to a symbolic one that corresponds to how Venezuelan migrants, under the circumstance of diaspora, transform and build new spaces to feel at home again.
This is an illustrated book that rescues, portrays and narrates the stories of eight Venezuelan migrants and their processes of adaptation to a new context so that people get to know this experiences from around the world.
Through this book it is possible to explore some processes of adaptation and cultural hybridity of these migrants in their new countries from home spaces and objects that are part of their daily life. In this way I show how migrants become bridges between two worlds and individuals that, with the pass of the time and according to their adaptation process, are capable of accepting two cultures at the same time. This acceptance of two cultures is what makes them “from here and there” but, at the same time, it is what helps them build their home in a new country.
Methodology - Visual Diary
A visual diary was designed as a tool to collect information about the experiences of the Venezuelan migrants in their new countries to understand their adaptation process and cultural hybridity. This diary was sent to 20 Venezuelan that emigrated to different cities around the world. The people involve in this activity had to answer some questions and fill a document with specific pictures requested about their daily life. This tool in articulation with a previous research helped me discovering the importance of the places and the objects as key tools to know migrant’s adaptation level in their new context.
© Daniela Di Martino, 2018