“Caja de Memoria Viva II” by Adrián Román is the winner of the National Portrait Gallery’s The Outwin 2016 People’s Choice Award.
“Caja de Memoria” portrays Constancia Colón de Clemente, a black Puerto Rican woman who immigrated to the United States in the 1940s. The three-dimensional hanging multimedia installation allows the viewer to literally step inside Constancia’s head. Roman said this portrait and others like it allow him to “embark on a quest to visually represent how precious our memories are and capture the dignity in the people’s struggle and validate their existence.”
Image courtesy National Portrait Gallery.