An Introduction to Alejandra Sol.
Nepantla is a Nahuatl word meaning "middle"or "middle of it" and represents a concept of "in-between-ness." The term was initially used in the 16th century during the Spanish colonization of the Aztecs. The Aztecs used the word to describe their experience of resisting, yet adapting to a new culture.
Several scholars, activists, authors and artists have referenced and discussed the term to describe the cultural experiences of living in metaphorical and literal borderlands, conceding conflicting ideologies, developing through transitions, etc.
In This Bridge We Call Home, Gloria Anzaldua wrote:
“Nepantla, where the outer boundaries of the mind’s inner life meet the outer world of reality, is a zone of possibility. You experience reality as fluid, expanding and contracting.”
With these words she beautifully describes the mental state in which ideas are translated into creations, meanwhile the creator experiences different perspectives with holistic mindfulness and awareness.
Where Does That Leave Me?
So here I am, a vagabond, bilingual, Xicana Tejana, trying to find and share meaning within my scope of talent, experimenting with different mediums, stumbling my way through a cultural and existential journey to find who I am while (hopefully) making beautiful and meaningful things along the way.
Although this website is dedicated in large part to my photography, my goal is to eventually touch on other projects. Thank you for reading and I hope you will follow me along this voyage.