2016 People's Choice Award

National Portrait Gallery
October 3, 2016
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National Portrait Gallery

“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.